Louisville, KY - The saddle worn by the beloved Barbaro in his spectacular first place finish at the 2006 Kentucky Derby will be offered for sale in a charity auction in Louisville, May 4, the eve of this year's Derby. The autographed saddle has been certified by PSA/DNA Authentication Services.
"It's the last saddle ever worn by Barbaro, and all proceeds from its sale will be given to permanently disabled jockeys," said Dwight Manley, National Manager of the Jockeys' Guild.
The saddle is being donated by acclaimed jockey, Edgar Prado, who used it when he rode Barbaro to a 6½ lengths victory in the 132nd Kentucky Derby on May 6, 2006. Prado has autographed the saddle: "Edgar Pradio + Barbaro Kentucky Derb 132 2006." Last year's race was the 132nd running of the Kentucky Derby.
"Barbaro was one of the greatest horses to ever run the Derby," said Prado who also used the saddle with Barbaro in last year's Preakness and earlier when he won the Belmont Stakes in 2002 aboard Sarava and in 2004 on Birdstone. "I only used the saddle for major races."
Barbaro was humanely euthanized earlier this year due to medical complications related to the injuries he suffered during last year's Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Maryland.
The red and white leather saddle will be sold to the highest bidder in an auction to be conducted live at the Mint Jubilee Gala at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Friday, May 4, 2007, Derby eve. All proceeds from the sale of the saddle will go to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, a division of National Thoroughbred Racing Association Charities. There are 58 severely injured jockeys receiving vital assistance each month from the Fund.
"We are very excited about the inclusion of Barbaro's saddle in the auction," said Linda Foushee', a member of the Mint Jubilee Gala Planning Committee. "The black-tie Mint Jubilee Gala is now in its 11th year, and in addition to raising money to assist disabled jockeys the event also benefits the James Graham Brown Cancer Center and Gilda's Club Louisville."
Formal announcement of the planned sale was made at a news conference at Churchill Downs racetrack on Tuesday, April 3. During the news conference, the saddle was marked by PSA/DNA Authentication Services of Newport Beach, Calif. with a synthetic DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) strand that only can be seen when illuminated by a specific laser frequency.
"The DNA ink has an astronomical 1-in-33 trillion chance of being accurately reproduced by potential counterfeiters. We've used the same method to certify other historic sports items including footballs used in the last seven Super Bowl games and Mark McGwire's 70th home run baseball," explained Joe Orlando, President of PSA/DNA, the world's largest sports memorabilia certification company and a division of Collectors Universe, Inc.
On the Net:
Jockeys' Guild: http://www.JockeysGuild.com
The Mint Jubilee: http://www.MintJubilee.com
National Thoroughbred Racing Association: http://www.ntra.com
Kentucky Derby: http://www.ChurchillDowns.com
James Graham Brown Cancer Center: http://www.browncancercenter.org
Gilda's Club: http://www.gildasclub.org