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14-karat gold trophy awaits the winner of the 144th Kentucky Derby

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Kentucky Derby trophy arrived at Churchill Downs last month, and now it awaits the winner of the Run for the Roses.

The trophy was first commissioned by Churchill Downs in 1924. It has undergone several design changes over the years, including flipping the horseshoe so the heels face up. In horse racing lore, a downward facing horse shoe lets all the luck run out.

Susanne Blackton-Juaire heads the team of artisans, along with her husband Bill, to create the trophy. They've been responsible for crafting the trophy since 1974.

It takes about five months to handcraft the statue from 14-karat gold and green gold. 

The trophy will be presented to the owner of the 3-year-old thoroughbred that crosses the finish line first. The winning trainer, jockey, and the breeder each receive a half-size replica of the gold trophy.

The names of the respective winning connections of the 2018 Kentucky Derby will be engraved on the four trophies. 

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