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2013 Governor's Kentucky Derby Celebration Poster

2013 Governor's Kentucky Derby Celebration Poster
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Price: $15.00
Weight: 4 Oz
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The 2013 Governor’s Commemorative Derby Poster is the sixth in the series issued by Governor and Mrs. Beshear which pays tribute to a Kentucky Derby winner. This year’s poster features a photograph by John Stephen Hockensmith which captures the undefeated Smarty Jones racing towards the finish line at the 2004 Kentucky Derby. Smarty Jones became one of America’s most beloved racehorses with his speed, charisma and tenacity. As a two-year-old, the promising thoroughbred had already outlived his first trainer, Bobby Carmac, who had been murdered, and survived a serious skull injury, the result of a starting gate training accident. 2004 marked the 100th anniversary of the Triple Crown races. Smarty Jones was the first undefeated Kentucky Derby winner since Seattle Slew in 1977, and the 2nd ever Pennsylvania-bred to win the Kentucky Derby. He went on to win the 2004 Preakness Stakes by a record margin of 11½ furlongs. Perhaps the fan favorite, Smarty Jones was the tenth horse since 1978 Triple Crown winner Affirmed to win both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. The thoroughbred’s popularity led to increased race attendance and the highest television ratings in years. However, Smarty Jones finished second to long-shot Birdstone in the Belmont Stakes, the third of the Triple Crown races. It was his first loss out of nine starts and the first time he had ever been passed in a race. Smarty Jones retired to stud at Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Kentucky, in August 2004. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the 2013 poster will benefit First Lady Jane Beshear’s Horses & Hope program and the Equine Health and Welfare Alliance, Inc. Horses & Hope provides breast cancer education, awareness, screening and treatment referral to uninsured and underinsured employees of Kentucky’s thoroughbred industry. The Equine Health and Welfare Alliance, Inc. directly supports efforts addressing equine health and safety in Kentucky. Size: 30" x 21"

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