Lucky Horseshoes Point Up at Churchill Downs

This weekend will mark the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby — a years worth of training, competing, financial losses and gains — all culmintating in the most famous 2 minutes of horse racing excitement in Louisville, KY.

Our Dad's Flag at Churchill Downs, Home of the Kentucky Derby. Copyright photo Reed Palmer Photography Churchill Downs.

Our Dad’s Flag at Churchill Downs, Home of the Kentucky Derby. Copyright photo Reed Palmer Photography Churchill Downs.

This past summer while Our Dad was deployed in Afghanistan, Our Dad’s Flag spent some time at Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby. Our trememdous thanks to Mr. Kevin Flanery, President of Churchill Downs Racetrack, Ms. Patty Frazier and Reed Palmer Photography for hosting the flag in support of our American Armed Forces and for capturing such a gorgeous picture of it with the famed twin spires of racing.

Tune in this Saturday, May 4th when 20, 3-year-old throroughbreds take to the track, kick up some dirt and gallop to their place in horse racing history. With so many great horses it’ll be hard to pick a favorite. We bet our kids will root for the military-type names; Normandy Invasion, Java’s War, Revolutionary, Lines of Battle, or Will Take Charge.  

According to the Kentucky Derby website, Martina McBride will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner”  and NBC Sports will cover the events and Derby Post time is scheduled for 6:24 p.m.  For more information on the race, history and traditions of the Kentucky Derby please visit Also, be sure to visit

Back in the Saddle Again

We’ve taken some time off from covering past visits of Our Dad’s Flag but now’s the time to get back in the saddle again! Our Dad’s been home for a few months and enjoys seeing all the photos and keepsakes we collected while he was deployed in Afghanistan.We’re lucky he’s home. A friendly racing-lore reminder: always keep your horseshoes pointing up so your luck doesn’t run out!

Thank you for reading. We hope this project continues as a tribute to all those families who hang a blue star flag in support of their loved one and all our Armed Forces. Have questions or comments? Stakes are high and the odds are good that we’ll get back to you.

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