This bottle opener is crafted from the authentic wooden beams and trusses of the 1903-1923 paddock at Churchill Downs®.
- The wood supported the paddock in which prized thoroughbred horses were showcased and mounted before races. Quality nickel-plated hardware. Measures 6-1/2" and engraved "Churchill Downs Paddock 1903-1923."
- Officially licensed by Churchill Downs Racetrack, each bottle opener comes gift-boxed with a Certificate of Authenticity.
ADDITIONAL PRODUCT INFORMATION
Kentucky has been home to horse racing since the late 18th century. In 1875, Col. M. Lewis Clark opened Churchill Downs. Clark designed the Kentucky Derby®, Kentucky Oaks® and Clark Handicap as the three major stakes races modeled after England's Epsom Derby, Epsom Oaks and St. Leger Stakes. This paddock was built in 1903 and, during its existence Sir Barton, a chestnut colt bred in Kentucky, won the 1919 Kentucky Derby by five lengths and went on to be the inaugural Triple Crown winner. 1923 was the last year this paddock was used since a new paddock was built behind the clubhouse. Over the course of the last 89 years, this paddock's wood served different track functions, primarily housing parimutuel windows. Over the past century, Churchill Downs was named National Historic Landmark in 1986 and remains a beloved icon by horse racing enthusiasts. For more information, visit Churchill Downs Authentication.
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