08/03/2012 12:21PM

Churchill Downs: David Lehr to follow his brother as track superintendent

Churchill Downs
David Lehr has been named track superintendent at Churchill Downs.

Churchill Downs announced Friday that David Lehr will follow in the footsteps of his older brother Butch as track superintendent at its flagship track in Louisville, Ky., effective immediately.

Butch Lehr, 63, retired at the end of the Churchill spring meet, July 1. Except for a two-year stint in the Army, David Lehr, 59, has worked for Churchill since 1972, much of that time under his brother. His tenure at Churchill also includes 11 years as director of operations at the nearby Trackside training facility.

“We talked with a strong roster of outstanding candidates during a true national search, but it became clear to us that the person best equipped to succeed in this important job was already here in David Lehr,” Churchill president Kevin Flanery said in a news release.

David Lehr becomes just the fourth man in more than a century to serve as Churchill track superintendent, following Tom Young (1911-1961), Thurman Pangburn (1962-81), and Butch Lehr (1982-2012). His new title is senior director of track surfaces.

“I’m very proud to have this opportunity, and this is a very emotional day for me,” David Lehr said.