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Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

Fans Get Derby Roses

The garland had been stored in refrigeration overnight in the museum, and at noon (EDT) was briefly placed over the rail of the Barbaro sculpture in tribute to the ill-fated 2006 winner of the Kentucky Derby.  The garland was then removed and Woolley and Allen began handing out the roses, one-by-one, to fans who happened by the larger-than-life sculpture as they visited the museum and Churchill Downs.

“This is a tribute to a great horse,” Woolley said.  “I wanted everyone to have a little piece of the Derby. We wanted to give something back to the game.  We just want to show how important horses really are.  That’s what this is all about.  We want people to know just how important these horses really are to us.  They’re not just animals, they’re a part of us.”

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Sandy, you are so correct... what an awesome gesture for the fans...
The distribution of roses from Mine That Bird's blanket at the Barbaro statue was the classiest gesture I've seen in a long time. We've had two Kentucky Derbies since Barbaro's passing and it took a New Mexico cowboy with a small, discounted horse to come up with such a lovely tribute. I hope they win the Belmont. They definitely have the class.

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