RUN FOR THE ROSES - KENTUCKY DERBY FACTS

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The roses were first established as part of the Derby celebration when they were presented to all the ladies attending a fashionable Louisville Derby party.  The roses were such a sensation, that the president of Churchill Downs, Col. Lewis Clark, adopted the rose as the race's official flower.  The rose garland now synonymous with the Kentucky Derby first appeared in the 1896 when the winner, Ben Brush, received a floral arrangement of white and pink roses.

In 1904 the red rose became the official flower of the Kentucky Derby.  The tradition was strengthened when, in 1925, New York sports columnist Bill Corum, later the president of Churchill Downs, dubbed the Kentucky Derby the "Run for the Roses".  The garland as it exists today was first introduced in 1932 for the 58th running won by Burgoo King.

Each year, a garland of 554 red roses is sewn into a green satin backing with the seal of the Commonwealth on one end and the twin spires and number of the running on the other.  Each garland is also adorned with a "Crown" of roses, green fern and ribbon.  The "Crown", a single rose pointing upward in the center of the garland, symbolizes the struggle and heart necessary to reach the winners' circle.

Each year the Governor and other dignitaries present the winning jockey with a bouquet of 60 long stemmed roses wrapped in ten yards of ribbon.

For several years, owners of the Derby winner also received a silk replica of the garland, but since Grindstone's 1996 victory, the actual garland has made the trip to Danville, Kentucky to be freeze-dried.  Some owners have even gone as far as to have a flower dipped in silver.  A silver dipped flower from the garland of Gato del Sol, the 1982 winner, is on display in the Kentucky Derby Museum.

The Kroger Company has been the official florist of the Kentucky Derby since 1987.  After taking over the duties from the Kingsley Walker florist, Kroger began constructing the prestigious garland in one of its local stores for the public to view on Derby Eve.

The preservation of the garland and crowds of spectators watching its construction are a testament to the prestige and mystique of the Garland of Roses.

So who will be the winner this year?  Big Brown is the favorite, Gayego is the winner of Arkansas Derby which is the hottest Kentucky Derby prep race or is it Eight Belles who is attempting to be the fourth filly to win Kentucky Derby.  The first place winner will get $1,451,800. 

 

 

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Ray Nellum
Envision Real Estate Group, LLC. - Fort Smith, AR
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Rosalinda, I am going for Gayego.  If you can win in Arkansas.  You can win anywhere!!!
May 01, 2008 02:58 PM #1
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Kevin Bungert
ReMax Professional Group - East Northport, NY

Rosalinda- Great info and real fun.  I love this race, every year we have a chance at a triple crown winner!  Enjoy the race!

Kevin

May 01, 2008 03:05 PM #2
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Pam Dent
Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc. - Charlottesville, VA
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Rosalinda - Very interesting.  I'm a big racing fan but I never knew why it was called the run for the roses.
May 01, 2008 03:08 PM #3
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Rosalinda Morgan
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Ray - I'm also going for Gayego.  It seems that winner of the Arkansas Derby always makes good at Kentucky.

Kevin - I also love watching the race.  It's really exciting near the finish.  Enjoy.

Pam - I did this research three years ago when I was with the marketing committee of the American Rose Society.  I found it very interesting.

May 02, 2008 02:42 AM #4
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Monika McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Hampstead, NH
Southern NH & the Seacoast Area

I love watching the Race on TV...I also enjoy looking at all the hats the ladies wear.

Thanks for commenting on my post Rosalinda.

May 10, 2008 12:21 AM #5
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Rosalinda Morgan
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Monika - Yes, the race was exciting and I love those hats. 

May 11, 2008 02:21 PM #6
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"Tommy" Decebal
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Hi Rosalinda,

Happy Memorial Day and best wishes.

Tommy

May 21, 2008 06:31 PM #7
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Rosalinda Morgan
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Tommy,

I took off for a week and then when I came back I was so busy I didn't have time to check AR.  This is the first time I log in. 

Happy Fathers' Day!

Rosalinda

Jun 13, 2008 05:54 AM #8
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July 3, 2008


Dear Rosalinda,

As celebration of our nation's independence begins around the country, I just wanted to wish you Happy 4th of the July and all the best.

So enjoy time with family and friends this weekend and as always, remember those men and women serving our great country to protect our freedom!

"Tommy" Decebal Adamescu

 Long Island Building Consultant

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Jul 03, 2008 03:54 PM #9
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