Louisville, Kentucky: Handprints of Famous Jockeys

The "Gallop to Glory" shrine outside the Galt House hotel features the cement handprints of winning Kentucky Derby jockeys back to 1936.
Address:
N. 4th St., Louisville, KY
Directions:
Downtown, just south of the river. On the east side of N. 4th St., directly beneath a pedestrian overpass, a half-block north of W. Main St.
Admission:
Free
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Gallop to Glory.

Gallop to Glory

Near the lobby entrance to the Galt House hotel is "Gallop to Glory," which "...salutes Kentucky Derby winning jockeys." There is a sculpture of a jockey atop a rose-draped thoroughbred, a gold-colored jockey statue and the pice de rsistance are the cement hand-prints of the jockeys who have won the Kentucky Derby. Granted, this is a memorial to the jockeys, but you'd think they could at least have a companion "Salute to the Winning Horses" comprising of cement hoof-prints. After all, it was the horses who did the galloping, not the jockeys.

[John Takao Collier, 10/30/2015]

Jockeys get the glory for the same reason corporate suits get the big bonuses. The rest of us faithful horses can enjoy our extra oats.

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