LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — With the Kentucky Derby a little more than three weeks away, the 14-karat gold trophy to be presented to the winner's owner has arrived at Churchill Downs.
The trophy was created by a team that has made it since 1975. Artisans Bill Juaire and Susanne Blackinton-Juaire of LeachGarner, who are husband and wife, delivered the trophy Wednesday for the 142nd Kentucky Derby.
Three smaller, sterling silver versions of the trophy will be presented to the winning trainer, jockey and breeder, respectively.
The winner's trophy is 22 inches tall and weighs about 65 ounces, excluding its jade base. For the 75th, 100th and 125th runnings, the trophy included a mantle of roses fashioned from rubies and emeralds and a horseshoe filled with diamonds.