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Kentucky Derby 142 Winner's Trophy on display before the big race

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The priceless 14-karat gold trophy that will be earned by the winner of the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby is waiting for Saturday at the Kentucky Derby Museum.

The hand-crafted trophy takes five months to make by precious metals solutions provider Richline Group|LeachGarner. they also make three smaller sterling silver replica trophies created for the Kentucky Derby-winning trainer, jockey and breeder.

The 2016 Kentucky Derby Winner's Trophy is 22 inches tall and weighs approximately 65 ounces, excluding its jade base. The trophy, commissioned by Churchill Downs and Kentucky Derby legend Col. Matt Winn in 1924, is topped by a 14-karat gold horse and rider and features a pair of horseshoe-shaped wreath handles. The front of the trophy is adorned by an 18-karat gold horseshoe that, in accordance with racing tradition, is pointed upward.

Racing lore holds that a the "luck will run out of a horseshoe" that is pointed downward, but that Kentucky Derby Winner's Trophy carried such a design from its introduction until 1997, when the horseshow was turned 180 degrees.

While the Kentucky Derby trophies will reside at the Kentucky Derby Museum until the post-race presentation on Saturday, May 7, the large winner's trophy will be on public display prior to the "Run or the Roses." Scheduled stops for the trophy include:

Thursday, May 5 - "Thurby" at Churchill Downs, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (location TBA);

Thursday, May 5 - The Mansion at Churchill Downs, 5:30-7 p.m.;

Thursday, May 5 - "Taste of Derby," 7-10 p.m., KFC Yum! Center

Friday, May 6 - Middletown Kroger, 1250 Shelbyville Road, 3-6 p.m. during creation of the Kentucky Derby mantle of roses.

The names of the respective winning connections of the 2016 Kentucky Derby will be engraved on the four trophies after the race. The engraved Kentucky Derby Winner's Trophy and the trophies for the winning trainer, jockey and breeder will be formally presented to those individuals or groups on the evening of Saturday, June 18, during the Churchill Downs' "Downs After Dark" night racing program headed by the $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (GI).

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