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Kentucky Derby Poster Released for Sale

Governor Steve Beshear this week unveiled the 2014 Governor’s Commemorative Derby poster. This year’s poster was designed by James Shambhu from the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park, and features Cannonade winning the 100th Kentucky Derby in 1974. 

“I’m privileged to take part in this time-honored tradition of unveiling the commemorative Derby poster,” said Beshear. “This year’s artwork is special because it features a Kentucky trainer and a Kentucky-bred horse. It exemplifies the excitement and enthusiasm that surround the greatest two minutes in sports and serves as a wonderful memento for the public.”

Cannonade was owned and bred by businessman John Olin and was both foaled and retired to stud at Gainesway Farm in Lexington.  He won the 1974 Kentucky Derby as the favorite by 2 ¼ lengths in front of a record-setting crowd of 163,628 spectators.  His trainer, Woody Stevens, was born in Stanton and is in the United States Racing Hall of Fame for his outstanding career that included two Derby wins, one Preakness win, five Belmont wins and five Kentucky Oaks wins.  Cannonade’s jockey, Angel Cordero Jr., is also in the Racing Hall of Fame and was the first Puerto Rican to be inducted in to the prestigious group.  Cordero was a three-time Derby winner and two time Oaks winner.  

The 2014 poster of Cannonade is available for purchase online through a link on the Governor’s Derby Celebration website at  The $15 poster will also be available for purchase at the Governor’s Downtown Derby Celebration on Derby morning.

The 78th annual Governor’s Derby Celebration will be held in historic downtown Frankfort for the fourth year in a row.  The celebration will be held on Kentucky Derby Day, Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Eastern time and is free and open to the public. 

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