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1432 South Third Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40208
502.634.3100;  866.522.5078 toll free


1928: Samuel Culbertson elected President of Churchill Downs

(From the Louisville Herald-Post March 25, 1928)


Directors of Churchill Downs Incorporated, at a meeting held at the offices at the historic old track Saturday [Mach 24, elected Samuel A. Culbertson, prominent in the financial and social life of Louisville, president of the association.

Simultaneous with the announcement of the election of Mr. Culbertson, announcement was made that the association had contributed $5000 to the Mammoth Cave National Park Fund. 

The Latonia Jockey Club also contributed $5000 to the Mammoth Cave Park campaign, Churchill Downs officials announced. 



Samuel Culbertson (far right) at the Kentucky Derby in 1934, when he was President of Churchill Downs.
On the far left in white hat, Gov. Ruby Lafoon, Samuel Culbertson standing just behind him.
On the far left is Col. Matt Winn with wining jockey Mack Garner
Cavalcade won the Derby that year.


(From the Times Daily Magazine, April 15, 1937)


..."If native sprightliness could count for anything, there would be some question as to whether Samuel A. Culbertson should be listed with the nine old men.  When he does his circulating about the clubhouse grounds building good will for the famous Churchill Downs, he puts many a youngster to shame with his lack of weariness...


The winning rider, Baylor O. Hickman, receives the gold cup from Samuel A Culbertson, chairman of the board of directors at Churchill Downs
                                                                 óCJ photo

Photo taken Friday, May 19, 1939, The Gentleman's Cup race


Kentucky Derby 1943: Sam Culbertson with jockey Johnny Longden, who rode Count Fleet to a Triple Crown victory.  Longden would eventually become the winningest jockey of all time, with a total of 6,032 first place finishes  in a career that lasted from 1927 to 1958. 


1943 Kentucky Oaks, winning horse Nellie L.
Warren Wright, owner of Calumet Farm, Sam Culbertson, Wendall Eads, jockey and Ben Jones, trainer.
(in the 1941 Derby, Eads had been slated to ride Whirlaway, but Ben Jones replaced him with Eddie Arcaro after the Derby Trial)


Story with clear photos of the directors of the American Turf Association, including Samuel Culbertson, can be found in the Louisville Herald-Post May 18, 1930.  Some library here has clippings under 798/K/2, but we haven't been able to locate this.  Can anyone help?

Samuel A Culbertson Timeline

Main timeline

Samuel's father:
William S Culbertson of New Albany, IN and his three wives:
     Eliza Vance Culbertson
     Cornelia Culbertson
     Rebecca Keith Culbertson
William S Culbertson Mansion, New Albany, IN
Children of William Stuart Culbertson

About Samuel and his family:
1886 Wedding of Samuel A Culbertson / Louise Craig
Louise Craig Culbertson, wife of Samuel A. Culbertson
Samuel & Louise Culbertson's 1st house 1886
Telegram from Mrs. Sam Culbertson to the War Dept 1899
1918: Samuel Culbertson enlists in the army
Culbertson Family vacationing at Narragansett, 1928
Churchill Downs years



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