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.
N. 4th St., Louisville, KY
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.
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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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