Edited press release
Catesby Clay’s Runnymede Farm near Paris, Ky., will welcome 20 combat veterans who were injured while on duty in Iraq and Afghanistan during a special luncheon and tour Aug. 28.
The veterans are from the Warrior Transition Battalion based at Fort Knox, home of the United States Army Armor Center and the Army Recruiting Command. Col. Christopher Smrt of the Military Order of the Purple Heart is coordinating the event.
“This is a way of showing our appreciation for the sacrifices the soldiers have made on behalf of all of us,” said Clay. “And it will be our pleasure to introduce them to Kentucky’s signature industry, the breeding and racing of Thoroughbred horses.”
The soldiers will be given the opportunity to view the 20 Runnymede yearlings currently being prepared for the Keeneland September yearling sale. While visiting the 365-acre farm, they will also see the operation's broodmares and foals of 2008, including a colt from the first crop of champion Bernardini. The colt is a half-brother to Japanese champion and international group I winner Agnes Digital.
Following the tour, the soldiers will be entertained at the Clay family’s Runnymede house.