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Courier-Journal - 'Priceless' Derby trophy arrives at Churchill

The makers of the Kentucky Derby trophy are often asked about the toughest part of the process, be it the “spinning” technique that shapes the gold vase or the precision taken in designing the horse and jockey that sit atop it.

“Easily,” said Susanne Blackinton-Juaire, a fifth-generation silversmith, “it’s having to pack it up and give it away,”

Blackinton-Juaire and her husband, Bill, spent months crafting the Derby 142 trophies as well as three smaller, sterling silver replicas given to the winning owner, trainer and jockey. Each arrived Wednesday to Churchill Downs 24 days out from the first Saturday in May.

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Trophy for winner of 142nd Kentucky Derby arriving at track

With the Kentucky Derby a little more than three weeks away, the 14-karat gold trophy to be presented to the winner’s owner has arrived at Churchill Downs.

The trophy was created by a team that has made it since 1975. Artisans Bill Juaire and Susanne Blackinton-Juaire.

TheWashingtonPost.com and the DailyMail.com

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Simply Priceless: Kentucky Derby Trophy Arrives At Churchill Downs

The priceless 14-karat gold trophy that will be earned by the winner of the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) has arrived at Churchill Downs Racetrack and will be nestled safely in the neighboring Kentucky Derby Museum until the running of America’s greatest race on Saturday, May 7.

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Kentucky Derby winner's trophy arrives at Churchill Downs

It’s made of solid gold and serves as a sign that Kentucky Derby time is getting closer.

The winner’s trophy arrived at Churchill Downs Tuesday morning.

The trophy was hand delivered by the head of New England Sterling, the Massachusetts-based company that creates the trophy each year.

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Solid Gold, "Priceless" Kentucky Derby 141 Winner's Trophy Unveiled

The 14-karat gold, handcrafted Kentucky Derby Winner’s Trophy, which will be presented to the winning owner in ceremonies in the Kentucky Derby Winner’s Circle following American’s greatest race, arrived in Louisville aboard a Brinks truck on Friday evening.

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140th Kentucky Derby Trophy revealed

The 14-karat gold, handcrafted Kentucky Derby Winner’s Trophy, which will be presented to the winning owner in ceremonies in the Kentucky Derby Winner’s Circle following American’s greatest race, arrived in Louisville aboard a Brinks truck on Friday evening.

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140th Kentucky Derby Trophy revealed

What is solid gold, is awarded for winning a famous race, is the most coveted and sought-after trophy in horse racing and is understandably priceless? It is the Kentucky Derby trophy.

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CELEBRATE: A LONG LINEAGE OF CRAFTSMANSHIP

William Juaire, of New England Copperworks, spun his first piece in the 10th grade- an aluminum cup in metals class. Little did young Juaire know that when he grew up he would have the prestige of spinning the Kentucky Derby Trophy.  Something he has been making year after year for the last 25 years.

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Kentucky Derby trophies are priceless

The priceless 2015 Kentucky Derby trophy is shown alongside the three smaller sterling silver replica trophies that will be presented to Kentucky Derby 141’s winning trainer, jockey and breeder.

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Kentucky Derby 139 Trophy Arrives Safely at Churchill Downs

The 14-karat gold trophy was unveiled to members of the media Monday, March 25 in the Directors Room on the fourth floor of the Churchill Downs Clubhouse. It started its journey to the Louisville track after finishing touches were placed on the coveted prize by artisans at New England Sterling of North Attleboro, Mass., which has created each Kentucky Derby winner’s trophy since 1975.