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Ohio State Anthropologist Teams up with ODOT to Recover Skeletal Remains of Famous Race Horse

The Ohio State University Department of Anthropology, with support from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), is proud to assist in the recovery of the remains of two-time Ohio Horse of the Year Glacial Princess. The recovery, led by Ohio State Anthropology Professor Deanna Grimstead and her team of anthropology students, begins Saturday, Jan. 21 at 8:30 a.m. on the site of the former Beulah Park racetrack, in Grove City, Ohio. 

Glacial Princess' remains will be transferred to Churchill Downs, Kentucky in the Circle of Champions horse racing cemetery. While the Department of Anthropology normally teaches multiple archaeological techniques on an exhumation, in this situation the burial does not require a full suite of methods.

The exhumation will not be open to the public for safety reasons. Media will be permitted.

A multiple stakes winner, the Ohio-bred Glacial Princess broke down during the Ballerina Stakes in 1987 and was euthanized. The then six-year-old mare was buried in the infield and a memorial was placed at the grave site.

Media Contact: 
Deanna Grimstead,, (530) 570-7615
Jules Angel, (614) 361-0753

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