In this month’s CitySong, Ben Sollee takes us to the most iconic location in Louisville to present a brand new song celebrating the rich history of Churchill Downs. Happy Derby!

My song, The Shade of Spires, was written at Churchill Downs as we were setting up to film. It’s a simple song but sitting by the first turn of the track, watching the sun turn the shadows of the spires like a clock I thought of the history of the place. I thought of triumphs of athleticism and transcending stories of silks over skin color. I thought of challenges we still need to overcome. And the words just came. – Ben Sollee