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2005 Governor's Derby Poster Unveiled
Press Release Date:  March 24, 2005
Contact:  Doug Hogan
Jeannie Lausche

Poster captures the thrill of the race

Frankfort, KY: Governor Ernie Fletcher and First Lady Glenna Fletcher unveiled the official 2005 Governor’s Derby Poster – The First Turn

“This year’s poster truly depicts the excitement and thrills of the most exciting day of the year in the Commonwealth, the Kentucky Derby,” said Governor Ernie Fletcher when he unveiled the art.

The poster features a vivid photo by native Kentuckian John S. Hockensmith.  It captures horse racing at one of the most exciting moments: as the crowds roar and tickets flutter while horses and humans zoom around the first turn, striving for the best obtainable position to win the race. This beautiful poster will join past year’s posters as a collector’s item.  The photographer, Hockensmith, began his professional career in Frankfort, KY in 1975 and currently has various works of his art displayed in collections throughout the United States, Japan, and other countries.

The poster, which makes an excellent keepsake, is available to purchase for $20, taxes, postage and handling included.  The poster goes on sale today online at the Kentucky Historical Society 1792 store at  It will also be sold in a booth on the Capitol grounds during the Governor’s Derby Breakfast.


Last updated: Thursday, June 02, 2005