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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- The 2013 Governor's Commemorative Derby Poster features a photograph of Smarty Jones racing toward the finish line in the 2004 Kentucky Derby.
Smarty Jones was the first undefeated Derby winner since Seattle Slew in 1977. He went on to win the Preakness by a record 11½ furlongs. His popularity boosted race attendance and the highest TV ratings for thoroughbred racing in years. Although he was the fan favorite heading into the Belmont Stakes, the third leg of the Triple Crown, he came in second to Birdstone.
Gov. Beshear said on Monday, "This artwork exemplifies the excitement and enthusiasm that surround the greatest two minutes in sports and serves as a wonderful memento for the public."
From Gov. Beshear's office:
The 2013 poster is available now for purchase online through a link on the Governor's Derby Celebration website at http://governor.ky.gov/derbycelebration/. The $15 poster will also be available for purchase at the Governor's Downtown Derby Celebration on Derby morning.
A portion of the proceeds from the Governor's Derby poster sales will benefit First Lady Jane Beshear's Horses and Hope Program and the Equine Health and Welfare Alliance Inc. Horses and 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.
The 77th annual Governor's Derby Celebration will be held in historic downtown Frankfort for the third year in a row. This year's celebration will be held on Kentucky Derby Day, Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Eastern time and is free and open to the public.
Information on the Governor's Derby Celebration, including an electronic invitation, a downloadable version of the Governor's Derby poster, and more is available at http://governor.ky.gov/derbycelebration/. The website will be updated as more information on the celebration is released.