Introducing Churchill Downs' newest official Kentucky Derby collectible publication, the "Kentucky Derby 132 Review".The release of this lavishly illustrated coffee table book is the first in a scheduled annual series documenting the sights and scenes from Thoroughbred racing’s greatest event.
The "Kentucky Derby 132 Review" chronicles the breathtaking triumph of the undefeated Barbaro in what proved to be the courageous bay colt’s final, poignant victory. Each hardcover edition provides an intimate portrait of the 2006 Kentucky Derby, capturing the visual pageantry and spectacle that only can be found on the first Saturday in May beneath the fabled Twin Spires of the world’s most legendary racetrack.
Start to finish, "Kentucky Derby 132 Review" is an historical account of Barbaro’s explosive victory in the “Run for the Roses,” complete with engaging text, information and personal quotes from the winning connections, and official race statistics. But it is the riveting never before seen imagery, comprised of nearly 120 vibrant full color photos from the sport’s finest photographers, that sets the tone of this exquisite publication. It’s all here – a visual journey capturing every aspect of the Kentucky Derby from the celebrities and clubhouse fashions to the nostalgic post parade and on through every step of this time-honored race – culminating in a celebration of roses and realized dreams in the Winner’s Circle.
With the enormous outpouring of public affection and hope for Barbaro following his devastating Preakness injury as well as their admiration for his strength of heart in the face of what were finally insurmountable odds, Churchill Downs could not have selected a better year to debut the Kentucky Derby Review Series. The Lael Stables bay homebred was undefeated entering the race and became only the fifth Derby contender in history to carry his win streak past the Churchill Downs finish line.
Barbaro’s dominating 6 1/2-length victory over a full field of competitors left the critics speechless and the pundits singing his praise. And yet the magnitude of this achievement was further underscored by his tragic injury only two weeks later in the Preakness Stakes. His subsequent struggle for survival, his courageous spirit and – sadly – his death in January 2007 have endeared him to a global legion of fans that transcends the racing industry’s boundaries with an inspiring saga that will be told for generations to come.
Like the Derby julep glass, the "Kentucky Derby Review" series first edition is limited to only 5,000 copies and is destined to become an annual collectible. The book is a perfect addition to any horse racing library and a natural gift for Kentucky Derby fans everywhere. For those who loved and will always remember Barbaro - all he was and might have been - this is the book you have been waiting for.
Barbaro’s fight for life ended because of the overwhelming complications of the hoof disease laminitis, the same disease that claimed the life of the legendary Secretariat. Because a cure has yet to be found, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will benefit the Laminitis Fund at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine's New Bolton Center - created to help benefit research so that future generations of horses need not suffer or die from this painful and often fatal disease. Measuring 8 1/2" x 11'', 80 pages with 116 archival photos.