LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The winner of the 1970 Kentucky Derby has been given a final resting place at the Kentucky Derby Museum. Monday, those connected to Dust Commander gathered for a ceremony in the museum's garden.
After years of searching, The Kentucky Derby Museum, and the newly organized Thoroughbred Breeders Museum, Inc., located the horse's remains in an unmarked grave on a Paris, Ky. farm. The remains were exhumed and moved to the Kentucky Derby Museum. Dust Commander's skeleton was placed in a handcrafted box and will be buried next to four other Derby Winners.
"Dust Commander's Kentucky Derby victory will now be celebrated with daily visits through the Museum's garden area as our guests visit the grave-sites of these tremendous athletes," Lynn Ashton, the Museum's executive director. said.
After being retired, Dust Commander stood stud ant Golden Chance farm, owned by Robert Lehmann. He later stood stud in Japan at Gainesway Farm, and finally at Springland Farm where he died in October of 1991. Dust Commander sired a total of 15 stakes winners. His most notable progeny was the 1975 Preakness winner Master Derby.