Kansas doesn’t have much of a reputation for producing racehorses. But each Kentucky Derby weekend, we like to take a trip in the wayback machine and remember the story of horse that made his northeast Johnson County owners famous.
Clothier Herbert Woolf owned an extensive swath of land on what is now the site of Corinth Square and its surrounding areas, and back in the 1930s, the farm served as the training ground for races horses. (The building that now houses the Mission Road Antique Mall was once a barn on the farm). It was there that trainer Ben Jones worked with a promising horse named Insco, and a bit later one of his progeny, a horse called Lawrin.
Lawrin ran the Kentucky Derby as a 3 year old in 1938, and used a late sprint rounding the final turn to move from fifth place into the lead. He held on to win by a length, securing a $50,000 pot. Check out the footage:
Woolford Farms was sold in 1955, four years after Prairie Village’s incorporation, but you can still find a monument to Lawrin and Insco in a small enclave tucked back in Corinth Downs at 59 Le Mans Court, where the two horses are buried side by side.