LEITCHFIELD, KY (WAVE) - A portion of Highway 259 will be named after one of horse racing’s greatest ambassadors.
Beginning at the intersection of the William Thomason Byway, the stretch of highway will be named after Leitchfield native John Asher, who was 62 at the time of this death.
Asher died on August 27, 2018 while on vacation in Florida with his family.
Asher joined Churchill Downs in 1997 and became the face of the racetrack during his role as vice president of racing communications.
Efforts to rename a portion of Central Avenue around the track for John Asher are underway in Metro Council, as well.
In Leitchfield, a dedication ceremony for the highway’s renaming has been scheduled for June 4 at 10 a.m.