Gallop to Glory

Honoring The Athletes That Control The Reins

Unveiled in May 2005, "Gallop to Glory" honors the jockeys who have won the Kentucky Derby™. Similar to Hollywood's "Walk of Fame," all living Kentucky Derby™-winning jockeys have been invited to preserve their handprints and signatures at Galt House® Hotel, the official Host Hotel for the Kentucky Derby™.

Each year, the handprints of the newest Derby-winning rider are added alongside unique roses made of steel created by Craig Kaviar. “Gallop to Glory” is located at the main entrance of the SUITE Tower.

The Jockey Honorees Include:        

  • Joel Rosario, 2013, Orb
  • Mario Gutierrez, 2012, I'll Have Another (to be inducted)
  • John Valazquez, 2011, Animal Kingdom
  • Calvin Borel, 2010, Super Saver; 2009, Mine That Bird; 2007, Street Sense
  • Edgar Prado, 2006, Barbaro
  • Mike Smith, 2005, Giacomo
  • Stewart Elliott, 2004, Smarty Jones
  • Jose Santos, 2003, Funny Cide
  • Victor Espinoza, 2002, War Emblem; 2014, California Chrome
  • Jorge Chavez, 2001, Monarchos
  • Kent Desormeaux, 2008, Big Brown; 2000, Fusaichi Pegasus; 1998, Real Quiet
  • Gary Stevens, 1997, Silver Charm; 1995, Thunder Gulch; 1988, Winning Colors
  • Jerry Bailey, 1996, Grindstone; 1993, Sea Hero
  • Chris McCarron, 1994, Go for Gin; 1987, Alysheba
  • Pat Day, 1992, Lil E. Tee
  • Craig Perrett, 1990, Unbridled
  • Patrick Valenzuela, 1989, Sunday Silence
  • Angel Cordero, 1985, Spend a Buck
  • Laffit Pincay, 1984, Swale
  • Jorge Velasquez, 1981, Pleasant Colony
  • Jacinto Vasquez, 1980, Genuine Risk
  • Ron Franklin, 1979, Spectacular Bid
  • Steve Cauthen, 1978, Affirmed*
  • Jean Cruguet, 1977, Seattle Slew*
  • Ron Turcotte, 1973, Secretariat*
  • Gustavo Avila, 1971, Canonero II
  • Mike Manganello, 1970, Dust Commander    
  • Ismael "Milo" Valenzuela, 1968, Forward Pass; 1958, Tim Tam
  • Bill Ussery, 1967, Proud Clarion
  • Don Brumfield, 1966, Kauai King
  • Braulio Baeza, 1963, Chateaugay
  • John Sellers, 1961, Carry Back
  • Dave Erb, 1956, Needles
  • Ray York, 1954, Determine
  • William Boland, 1950, Middleground
  • Ira Hanford, 1936, Bold Venture

*Denotes Triple Crown Winner

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