LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE 3) — On Monday, Louisville honored the late vice president of racing communications at Churchill Downs by naming part of Central Avenue after him, WAVE 3 reports.
The 145th running of the Kentucky Derby will be the first in decades without John Asher. He was known as the face and voice of Churchill Downs. Now, his name will be the first thing that thousands of fans will see as they come to the track.
“He gave so much of his time, his talent to the community. He loved this community,” said his wife, Dee Asher.
The tribute to Asher barely got in under the wire. The ball didn’t get rolling until after the last Metro Council election.
Now, the man who gave so much of his time and knowledge to others will be commemorated near the place he loved.