Sunday marks not only the end of the 42-day spring meet at Churchill Downs, but an era of a far longer duration.
Larry Melancon, who began his remarkably productive riding career long
before many of the men and women in the current Churchill jockey colony
were even born, most likely is retiring, effective with the sixth race
on closing day.
Melancon, 54, said he might ride sparingly at the
upcoming meet at Ellis Park but otherwise intends to take some time off
before deciding what he will do next, although he said he hopes to
remain in the racing business in some capacity.