Press Release 2019​​

For More Information, Contact: Theresa Collins
Denver, CO

Laying of the Wreath ‐ March 2, 2019, 61st Anniversary ‐ Black Gold Celebrated

2019 will be the 61st year of the Black Gold Laying of the Wreath as
members of Rosa Magnet Hoots’ family gather to participate in
honoring their family heritage and the Legacy of Black Gold.
This year, on Saturday, March 2, 2019, the great‐grandaughter Rochelle
Martino and her spouse Tom McGehee, great-grandaughter and
managing member of Black Gold Legacy, LLC, Theresa Freeman Collins
and husband Randy, great-grandson Thaddeus Freeman, his wife Jan and
son, Luke, and great‐great granddaughter Michelle Macdowell (of Black
Gold Legacy) and husband Jack, will be in attendance.
The attendees of three generations will be a part of this long‐time

The event occurs annually at Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots in New Orleans, LA
where the Black Gold Stakes race will be run and the trophy awarded by the family to
the winning jockey. The jockey and Rosa’s family will place the horse‐shoe shaped
wreath of roses and ivy on grave marker of the 1924 champion of four derbies, Black Gold.

Collins states, "The wreath was designed in 2015 to retain a key element of the coveted
Kentucky Derby Trophy", which dates back to 1924, when it was presented to Black Gold,
the winner of the Golden Anniversary Kentucky Derby. From 1975‐1999, the
New England Sterling Co. manufactured the Kentucky Derby trophy for
Louisville jeweler Lemon & Son, and has supplied the trophies directly to
Churchill Downs since 1999.

Official Black Gold merchandise will be offered at the Clubhouse Level of the track from
11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please stop by and share stories and shop for authentic memorabilia
offered by Black Gold Legacy, LLC.

The family’s sincere thanks are extended to Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots for
hosting and continuing this event commemorating Black Gold, Rosa Hoots,
his owner and jockey, JD Mooney.