New Documentary Chronicles "Old Latonia", America's Finest Race Course
"It's unfortunate of course that it didn't last. Imagine if it had lasted with the Derby and the 500. It's a shame that there isn't anything there besides a historical marker. I think there should be murals put over there, I think there should maybe be statues over there. People just don't know how vital this was. It built the town of Latonia. There was no Latonia before the race track."
It was "the most beautiful race course in America" but the Latonia Race Course is long gone, from its namesake town and from most people's memories. Filmmaker Cam Miller hopes to change that when his new documentary, Old Latonia premiers Friday at Rosedale Green. It will go up online for viewing on Saturday.
Miller's film opens with a speech from President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who visited the track in 1938, and who referenced reading about Latonia in the sports pages. One year later, the track was closed.
The film offers viewers a glimpse at a history that was and that could have been. The Latonia Derby rivaled the Kentucky Derby, and Rosedale was nearly the site of a major auto racing track - and could have offered a race to rival the Indianapolis 500.
Miller - the filmmaker behind local history-based docs about the Covington Blue Sox and the Covington Stars - joins RCN's Michael Monks to talk about the project.
IF YOU GO:
Old Latonia, America's Most Beautiful Race Course. Friday, August 5, at Rosedale Green (4250 Glenn Ave., Covington), 6:30 p.m. There will be two showings of the 30-minute film between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. The showing is organized by the Latonia Community Council. The film is expected to go online for viewing by Friday evening at 10 p.m. See "Old Latonia" and Miller's other films at Cam Miller Films on YouTube.