Memorial Service Planned For Horse Racing Champion

 The Kentucky Horse Park has planned a public memorial service for Thoroughbred champion Cigar.

  Cigar died October 7th due to complications following surgery for severe osteoarthritis in his neck.

 He was 24.

 At retirement, Cigar’s career had a total of 19 wins out of 33 starts.

 He was named Horse of the Year twice and was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.

 Cigar had lived at the Kentucky Horse Park since his retirement in 1999.

 The memorial will be held at the park on Friday, November 14th at 2 p.m. at the Hall of Champions near Cigar’s gravesite and the paddock he occupied for most of the 15 years he lived at the park.

 The public is invited to attend the memorial service, which is included with park admission. Guests arriving only for the memorial service after 1:30 p.m. will not be charged admission.

 Kentucky’s First Lady Jane Beshear will pay tribute to Cigar during the memorial.

  For more information about the memorial service for Cigar, go to

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