Memorial to Celebrate the Life of Dr. J. David ‘Doc’ Richardson to be held Saturday, Oct. 2 from 2-4 p.m. at Churchill Downs

September 28, 2021

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A public memorial to celebrate the life of the late Dr. J. David “Doc” Richardson will be held Saturday (Oct. 2) at Churchill Downs.

Richardson, the distinguished Louisville surgeon who was an owner, breeder and widely respected leader in the horse racing industry, died Sept. 7 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. from complications due to a breakthrough COVID infection. He was 76.

The celebration will take place Saturday from 2-4 p.m. (all times Eastern) in the Starting Gate Suites 4th Floor. Guests should enter Churchill Downs via the Executive Gate, which is located next to the Kentucky Derby Museum near the Barbaro horse statue.

Saturday’s sixth race, which is scheduled to run at approximately 3:18 p.m., will be dedicated to “Doc” and the “J. David ‘Doc’ Richardson Celebration of Life” trophy will be presented to the winning connections.

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Darren Rogers, Senior Director, Communications & Media Services

Churchill Downs 

Photo: Lady Edith with Brian Hernandez, Jr. up being led to the winners circle by r. J. David “Doc” Richardson after winning the second running of the Mamzelle Overnight Stakes at Churchill Downs on May 8, 2021. (Churchill Downs/Coady Photography) 

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