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Gallop to Glory


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John Sellers adds his handprints
John Sellers

John Sellers adds his handprints

© Tina Hines
"Gallop to Glory" is the Galt House Hotel's tribute to the Kentucky Derby winning jockeys. Inspired by the Hollywood "Walk of Fame," it features the handprints and signatures in concrete of any Derby winning jockeys who want to participate.

Jane Dempsey, who organizes the annual Derby Junket Tour, arranged to have the two of the oldest Kentucky Derby winning jockeys, John Sellers and Ira "Babe" Hanford, come to add their handprints to the collection. At age 88, Hanford is the oldest Derby winner still alive.

John Sellers, who won the Derby in 1961 aboard Carry Back, is shown here adding his handprints. He is also remembered for recovering his Kentucky Derby trophy, stolen in 1978, when it was offered for sale on eBay in 1999.

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