Rose Garland from 1988 Kentucky Derby winner Winning Colors to be donated to the Kentucky Derby Museum

Four time Derby winning trainer, D. Wayne Lukas, contributes additional items for display

On Thursday, October 28th at 10:45 a.m. the Kentucky Derby Museum will receive the garland of roses from champion filly Winning Colors. As one of only three fillies to ever accomplish the feat of beating her male counterparts in the world’s greatest race, the Kentucky Derby Museum is thrilled to have this piece of history to showcase for the fans. The 1988 rose garland was meticulously freeze-dried and encased in glass with an oak frame following the Derby win.

The garland is generously donated to the museum by Hall of Famers trainer D. Wayne Lukas, former jockey Gary Stevens and the family of Eugene Klein (owner of Winning Colors). The garland has shared time in both the homes of Lukas and Stevens prior to this donation. Lukas will be at the photo-op to share remarks about the standout filly and the first of his four Kentucky Derby victories.

“The Derby Museum with its deep heritage is so important to Thoroughbred racing and Derby. We who have been blessed to participate in this event need to give (the museum) our fullest support in every way we can,” says Lukas about the donation.

Lukas will also contribute several personal items for display which include: a pair of chaps, spurs, a cowboy hat, white bridle and other items used in training. These items will be included in the trainer’s exhibit on the second floor of the museum.

The garland will be on display for the first time to the public on November 2nd, during the museum’s “It’s my Derby” fundraiser. Six Derby winners will be in attendance that evening for a panel discussion and opportunities to mingle with the crowd. The winners are also offering exclusive one-on-one opportunities for the fundraiser as an ‘experience auction’. Tickets to the event are still available. Click here for more information.

Note: Stevens is not able to attend this event due to contractual obligations with the new horse racing movie: Luck being filmed in California.