In early August 2009 a huge storm hit the American midwest and caused major flash flooding in the Louisville, Kentucky area. One building damaged in the flood was The Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs, which sustained heavy flooding to its basement, where the museum’s archival collections were stored. This blog post focuses on the converging interests of its author, Legacy Center archivist Lisa Grimm: horse racing and archives. The post describes the immense danger of water damage in archival collections, and explains why the majority of archives are located in basements. It also briefly covers the widespread and sometimes unorganized nature of archival material on horse racing, and suggests better ways to preserve horse racing archival material.