The 30th birthday of two-time Horse of the Year and five-time Eclipse Award winner John Henry will be celebrated Wednesday at the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington, Ky. The gelding who earned $6,591,860 and registered 30 stakes wins among his 39 overall career victories while racing from 1977-1984, has lived at the Kentucky Horse Park since his retirement.Chris McCarron, who rode John Henry in his final 14 of 83 career starts, will be among those attending the birthday bash. A large crowd is expected for the festivities and the Kentucky Horse Park will be ready. "John has a huge following, said Cathy Roby, barn manager at the Kentucky Horse Park. "On his big day, we plan to have cake for John and fans as well as refreshments. John will come out for picture taking and some petting."
Thirty years old for a horse is roughly equivalent to 80-85 years of age for a human. According to Kentucky Horse Park officials, John Henry still likes to charge his stall gate and to take nips at visitors from time to time.