Churchill Downs' twin spires lit up in red in remembrance of prominent figures at track

Posted at 3:07 PM, Aug 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-27 16:33:37-04

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18) — Churchill Downs' iconic twin spires are lit up in red to remember one of the most prominent figures at the track.

62-year-old John Asher died of an apparent heart attack one year ago on Tuesday while on vacation with his family in Orlando, Florida.

Asher, a former newsman, was the vice president of racing communications for Churchill Downs. One of his most visible roles was the host of the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby post position draws.

Asher was a native of Grayson County and a graduate of Western Kentucky University.

Asher is survived by his wife, three daughters and two grandchildren.