Don't Turn Your Nose up at These Kentucky Derby Souvenirs
Yes, these unlikely keepsakes are exactly what they look like.
Would you ever consider spending $200 on horse manure? OK, but what if it came straight from the legendary haunches of 1997 Kentucky Derby winner Silver Charm? No? Well, what if we told you that the manure was encapsulated in epoxy resin inside a 16-ounce mason jar and that a portion of the proceeds will be donated to a nonprofit that provides housing for retired Thoroughbreds?
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"Derby Turds," the first in a Dixieland Preserves line of Southern resin encapsulations by Kentucky artist Coleman Larkin, are now on sale at KYforKY.com for $200 a plop.
OK, so it might not be everybody's cup of tea, but there's no denying that this latest collaboration between Kentucky artist Coleman Larkin and the quirky fellas behind Kentucky for Kentucky smells of innovation.
"It's a very long, very ridiculous procedure," Larkin said in a statement. "The most difficult step is probably the one where I have to ask the type of people that own million-dollar Thoroughbreds if I can please have some horse turds to put in jars."
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For those who are interested, each poovenir comes with a certificate that authenticates the contents of the jar as a genuine biproduct of Silver Charm's diet of Kentucky bluegrass. The 1997 Derby winner, who is retired from stud duty, lives now at Old Friends Farm in Georgetown, Kentucky, a non-profit Thoroughbred retirement facility. A portion of the sales of Silver Charm's Derby-winning poo will benefit Old Friends Farm.