Churchill Downs' John Asher Dies

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The horse racing and media community are mourning the death of John Asher.

The Churchill Downs vice president of racing communications died Monday morning after suffering a heart attack while vacationing with his family in Florida.   He was 62.

Asher was a Kentucky Derby historian and one of its greatest ambassadors. 

Before joining Churchill Downs in 1997, Asher was an award-winning reporter at WHAS Radio and WAVE Radio.    

Asher was a native of Leitchfield, Kentucky and a graduate of WKU.    He is survived by his wife, three daughters and two grandchildren.

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