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2006 Mint Jubilee Derby Eve Gala

Date: 05/09/2006

The Mint Jubilee was started in 1996 as a way to raise money for the cause of cancer research. Since then it has grown from 250 attendees to over 1400 and has become one of the signature Kentucky Derby events. Each year the proceeds from the Mint Jubilee benefit cancer research and services in Lousiville though the James Graham Brown Cancer Center.

While many celebrities attend, the guests of honor are the Kentucky Derby jockeys. All the jockeys riding in this year's Derby were guests as well as many big names from years past. Each jockey riding this year will be honored with a commemorative brick in the Garden of Hope and they can designate who will be remembered on it.

This original painting by sports artist Bill Lopa was auctioned off on eBay and bids could also be made at the Jubilee. Not only is it a painting, but many of the Kentucky Derby winning jockeys autographed it in gold. It brought a final price of $7,950.

Jockeys Guild Interim National Manager Darrell Haire with Miss USA Tara Conner and Miss America Jennifer Berry.

Some of the 2006 Kentucky Derby jockeys arrive on the red carpet. John McKee is in the front followed by Garret Gomez and Alex Solis.

Record holder for most wins by a jockey Lafitt Pincay with his wife Jeanine and one of their sons.

Pat Day with his wife Sheila and daughter Irene.

Jockey David Flores gets a kiss from both Miss USA and Miss America. He sures looks like he is enjoying it too.

The three surviving Triple Crown winning jockeys together: Ron Turcotte, Jean Cruguet, and Steve Cauthen.

Some of the retired jockeys in attendance: Pat Day, Craig Perrett, Chris McCarron, Mike Manganello, Bobby Ussery, and Don Brumfield.

All of the 2006 Kentucky Derby jockeys were brought on stage and introduced. Here from left to right are: Sean Bridgmohan (Private Vow), Garrett Gomez (Bob and John), Mark Guidry (Sharp Humor), Patrick Husbands (Seaside Retreat), Kent Desormeaux (Sweetnorthernsaint), and just coming on stage John McKee (Lawyer Ron).

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