The following is a statement from Churchill Downs Racetrack President Mike Anderson on the passing of owner and breeder B. Wayne Hughes of Spendthrift Farm. He was 87.
“The entire Churchill Downs family was saddened to learn about the passing of legendary owner and breeder B. Wayne Hughes. Mr. Hughes was a visionary, who elevated Spendthrift Farm to new heights. We take solace in knowing that he was able to enjoy and win America’s greatest race last September when Authentic led every step of the way to garner the roses and solid gold Kentucky Derby trophy he coveted for many years. Our sincere condolences are extended to his numerous friends and family and the Spendthrift Farm team during this difficult time. He will be greatly missed.”
—Churchill Downs Racetrack President Mike Anderson