The memorial is anticipated to last roughly 30 minutes, and those expected to speak are former Kentucky Governor Martha Layne Collins, Tom Levinson, step-son of John Henry's late owner Sam Rubin, Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron, former Keeneland president Ted Bassett, and John Nicholson, executive director of the Kentucky Horse Park.
"We are pleased and thankful that HRTV will be honoring John Henry with a live broadcast of his memorial service," said Nicholson. "Many of his fans across the country will be unable to attend, and it will mean a great deal to them to feel that they are part of this historic event by watching it on television."
One of the sport's greatest and most beloved all-time stars, John Henry was euthanized at age 32 at the Kentucky Horse Park Oct. 8.
John Henry won 39 races in 85 starts during an astounding seven-plus year career, and banked more than $6.5 million. He was named Horse of the Year in 1981 and 1984, and was voted the champion grass horse four times (1980, '81, '83 and '84), as well as champion older horse in 1981. He was elected to the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame in 1990.