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.
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NEW YORK (AP) Lockdown won her stakes debut Sunday, beating Libby’s Tail by 2+ lengths in the $100,000 Busanda for 3-year-old fillies at Aqueduct.
Libby’s Tail, the 3-5 favorite, set the pace with Lockdown right behind before taking charge and turning for home.
Kendrick Carmouche rode for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott as Lockdown got her second win in three starts.
“She has such a long stride, you just have to time her run and she’ll take you home from there,” Carmouche said.
The time was 1:44.75 for the one mile, 70 yards.
Lockdown, the 2-1 second choice, paid $6.60, $2.50 and $2.10. Libby’s Tail returned $2.30 and $2.10 and No Sweat paid $3.20 to show.
NEW ORLEANS — Officials at the New Orleans Fair Grounds say more horses have tested positive for equine herpes this week, resulting in the lengthening and expansion of existing quarantines.
The Receiving Barn returned a pair of positive tests, while two other barns returned 28 positive tests combined, resulting in 14-day quarantines being reset.
An additional barn was placed under quarantine when one horse there tested positive.
The virus, called EHV-1, is latent in many horses, but symptoms can emerge periodically, making it contagious. EHV-1 can cause respiratory or neurological problems, as well as aborted or unhealthy pregnancies.
Racing continues at the Fair Grounds, where officials say they’re working with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture to find places outside the Fair Grounds to isolate infected horses.