1949 Kentucky Derby mint julep glass
This is a very rare Kentucky Derby mint julep glass from 1949, the year of the Kentucky Derby’s Diamond Jubilee and the year after Citation became the 8th Triple Crown Winner. This glass is completely frosted except for the clear bottom that carries the Libby stylized “L.” All printing is in green. Front features a picture of Martin J. “Matt” Winn, Churchill Downs president, beneath which is “He has seen them all.” Indeed, Col. Winn (June 30, 1861 - October 6, 1949) saw every one of the first 75 Kentucky Derbys, with this one being the last before his death a few months later. A May 7, 1934 Time Magazine article says:
The man who is responsible for making the Derby the racing classic of the American continent also has the distinction of having seen every Derby ever run. In 1875, 14-year-old Matt Winn sat in his father's grocery wagon and watched Aristides win the race. Grocery Boy Matt Winn became Matt Winn, merchant tailor of Covington, Ky. Twenty years ago, Tailor Matt Winn became Colonel Matt J. Winn, racetrack manager. In 1914 he upped the Derby's purse, steadily began to ballyhoo the race into a social and sporting extravaganza. Now 73, Colonel Winn as president of the American Turf Association operates not only Churchill Downs at Louisville, but Latonia, across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, as well as Lincoln Fields and Washington Park outside Chicago.
The back of the glass says “Kentucky Derby Diamond Jubilee” and lists all of the Kentucky Derby winners from 1875 - 1948. By the way, Ponder, a 16-1 shot, won the Diamond Jubilee Run for the Roses by three lengths. His sire Pensive had won the Derby in 1946, and his son Needles won it in 1956, making this one of only two 3-generation dynasties in Kentucky Derby history. The other was Reigh Count, the 1928 Derby winner, who sired Count Fleet, the 1943 winner, who sired Count Turf, the 1951 winner.
This glass, an extraordinary piece of Kentucky Derby history, stands 5-1/4" tall x 2-3/4" in diameter. Outstanding condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or scratches. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.
Price: $275.00 plus s/h and insurance
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