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Saving Stories: Not quite business as usual - the day William T. Young won the Kentucky Derby

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Young, William T. Sr., he was a member of the Board of Trustees, Pictured at the dedication of the William T. Young Library, Young is a philanthropist, businessman, and owner of Overbrook Horse Farm, Instrumental in book endowment and building of William T. Young Library, pictured standing in front of bookcase

To some, Lexington businessman W.T. Young is known as the namesake of the University of Kentucky’s iconic library building, to others he’s the entrepreneur who built a peanut butter brand and sold it to P & G, and in the world of thoroughbred racing he’s the man who molded Overbrook Horse Farm into a powerhouse breeding facility. In fact, in 1996, Grindstone, a three-year old colt owned by Young, won the Kentucky Derby, beating out Cavonnier by a nose at the wire. In this Derby week edition of WUKY’s award winning history series Saving Stories, Nunn Center for Oral History director Doug Boyd shares audio of a 2001 interview with the now legendary Lexingtonian.

FILE - In this May 4, 1996, file photo, Grindstone, left, with Jerry Bailey, and Cavonnier, with jockey Chris McCarron, thunder to a photo finish in the 122nd Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday, May 4, 1996. Grindstone won by a nose. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)

The Nunn Center has an extensive collection of horseracing interviews which you can access here:


In addition the Nunn Center conducted several interviews on a variety of topics with W.T. Young:


Bitten by the radio bug as a teenager, Alan Lytle got his start start more than 30 years ago volunteering in Clermont County, Ohio for WOBO-FM. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Broadcasting from the University of Cincinnati and worked at a variety of radio stations in the Cincinnati market, then made the move to Lexington in the mid-1990s.