Winston, Churchill’s Miniature Mascot, Dies At 24

Posted at 2:58 PM, May 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-02 14:58:17-04

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – Winston, the miniature horse that became the unofficial mascot, according to our sister station WAVE 3 News. 

He was 24.

Michael Blowen, founder and president of Old Friends, made the announcement of Winston’s unexpected passing Wednesday morning.

According to Dr. Bryan Waldridge of Park Equine Hospital in Woodford County, Winston’s sudden death was caused by an infection in his abdominal cavity. 

Winston lived at Churchill Downs since 1995. He was donated to the Museum by Norma Aubrey of Posh Petites, Paints & Appaloosa Miniature Horses in Shelbyville, and he spent his tenure at the museum as a companion to more than 30 visiting Thoroughbreds, including Derby contenders Perfect Drift, Phantom on Tour, and Twinspired, as well as Kentucky Derby winner, Mine that Bird.

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