WKU professor set to attend 50th consecutive Kentucky Derby

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Every year, the Kentucky Derby draws attendees from every corner of the world.

Imagine making it an annual event for a half century.

Mac McKerral, a journalism professor at Western Kentucky University, has attended 49 straight Kentucky Derbies and was on track to make it 50 this year.

From blue jeans to a suit and the infield to the stands, he’s been there.

He said his most memorable derby was his first because he and a friend played bookie in high school to raise the money to go to the derby.

McKerral says he’s still planning on making his 50th Derby in September but believes the postponement of this year’s Kentucky Derby is minimal compared to those who have lost family members and friends from COVID-19.