Thoroughbred Hall of Fame trainer and American Horse Racing Legend, Jack Van Berg, who became the first trainer to win 5,000 races when he saddled Art’s Chandelle to victory at Arlington Park on July 15, 1987, will be at the Kentucky Horse Park on Sunday, July 14, to sign copies of his biography Jack, From Grit to Glory.
As told by television racing analyst and author Chris Kotulak, Jack, From Grit to Glory is the true story depicting the hardships and joys of young Jack Van Berg, who emerged from the prairie lands of Columbus, Nebraska, to train champions, break records, and become a Hall of Fame trainer like his father, Marion H. Van Berg. Jack Van Berg is known best for training 1987 Kentucky Derby winner, Alysheba.
“Jack lived through a golden age of horse racing, trained champions, broke records and became a Hall of Fame trainer” said Chris Kotulak. “This biography reveals how a son worshiped his father and how those he mentored would later worship him. A trainer of horses; a leader of men; a hero to us all. Jack!”
Special guest, Liza G. Fly, will be joining Jack Van Berg singing and signing copies of her CD, “Zenyatta,” named after the horse that Jack Van Berg introduced her to, rekindling Fly’s love of racing and horses. When Fly sings the story of Zenyatta, the song evokes happiness, history and the love of a most unique horse. It was Van Berg who encouraged Fly to write a song about Zenyatta’s history, personality and special relationship with people.
Racing fans will be able to purchase copies of the book and have it autographed by Van Berg and Fly from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Hall of Champions Pavillion. Come on out to the Kentucky Horse Park this Sunday, July 14, for this special book and CD signing with two people that hold horses very dear to their hearts!
Date & Time:
July 14, 2013 – 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location & Parking:
Hall of Champions Pavilion
Parking in the Main Parking Lot