MUHAMMAD ALI | What this photo means to Churchill Downs

06/06/2016 08:15 PM

Before he was ever a heavyweight champion of the world, before he was known the world over world, and before he changed his name from Cassius Clay, Muhammad Ali used to train for his boxing career by running in the sandy race track at Churchill Downs. It was confirmed by the champ years ago when asked about running at Churchill, but there had never been photographic evidence, until now.

In a combination of the most iconic figure to ever come from the city of Louisville and the most iconic structure, the picture above was released today by CNN as part of 10 never-before-seen photos. .

We asked John Asher, a longtime spokesperson for the race track about seeing that photo he had heard and spoken so much about.

Garrett Moore

Garrett is a Sports Producer for Spectrum News. He is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State and got his start as a sports photographer. He now produces Sports Night, the state’s only nightly show dedicated to in-depth coverage of all sports in Kentucky. Sports Night airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News. Outside the station, Garrett enjoys golfing, hiking, fishing, and prides himself on being all-in as a sports spectator. He won a gift card for playing an air guitar in the student section during an MTSU basketball game. Follow Garrett on Twitter @SportsNightGM for real-time sports updates or if you just want to see the shenanigans that go on behind the scenes in getting Sports Night on the air.

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