Winning Colors' Roses Donated to Museum

Winning Colors' Roses Donated to Museum
Photo: Kentucky Derby Museum
Winning Colors' garland of roses from the 1988 Kentucky Derby.

The garland of roses and other items from Winning Colors’ 1988 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) victory have been presented to the Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs.

The 1988 rose garland awarded to one of only three fillies to win the Derby was meticulously freeze-dried and encased in glass with an oak frame.

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According to officials at the museum, the garland was donated by Hall of Famers trainer D. Wayne Lukas and jockey Gary Stevens and the family of the late Eugene Klein (owner of Winning Colors). The garland has shared time in both the homes of Lukas and Stevens prior to this donation, according to a release.

Among the other items donated by Lukas for display 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, according to the release.

The garland will be on display for the first time to the public Nov. 2, 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. Details at

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