Aug. 18 auction of Kentucky Derby poster with 55 signatures to benefit disabled jockeys

Kentucky Derby trophy auction

Kentucky Derby Trophy poster signed by 55 winning jockeys, trainers and owners, most signatures dated with the year of the signer’s win, from edition of 16, 20 x 16 inches, est. $6,000-$8,000


SOUTHAMPTON, Pa. – Whether it’s win, place or show, the management and staff of Stephenson’s Auctioneers are hoping there will be a big finish for a rare poster entered in their Friday, August 18th sale.

Depicting a Kentucky Derby Trophy, the 20 by 16-inch poster – which is being auctioned on behalf of Jockeys & Jeans to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) – has been hand-signed by 55 winning jockeys, trainers and owners. Nearly all of the signatures include the year of the signer’s particular Kentucky Derby win.

“This is one of only 16 posters of its type,” said Cindy Stephenson, owner of Stephenson’s Auctioneers. “It took 17 months and more than a dozen airline flights around the country to obtain all of the signatures. All of the names represent horseracing royalty, with connections to some legendary winners, including Secretariat, American Pharaoh and California Chrome.”

Earlier this year, Stephenson’s auctioneer Tom Wakeley provided his services pro bono at a Jockeys & Jeans for PDJF charity auction held at Parx Casino in Bensalem, Pa. It was for a cause close to his heart.

“When I was a boy, my father used to take me along to the racetrack – he loved horseracing,” said Wakeley. “As a result, I developed a lifelong affinity for the horseracing world and made many friends in the business. When I was asked if I would conduct the charity auction here locally, I didn’t hesitate. I knew how important it was to help out disabled jockeys.”

It was through Wakeley’s friendships with member-supporters of Jockeys & Jeans that the opportunity arose to enter the Kentucky Derby Trophy poster in Stephenson’s August 18 auction.

“The Kentucky Derby Trophy poster is a historical treasure. We’re very proud that we were chosen to auction it,” said Cindy Stephenson. “It’s estimated at $6,000 to $8,000, but we really hope it will sell for more than that, since it’s for such a worthy charity.” Stephenson’s is not charging a seller’s commission; all proceeds will benefit PDJF.

Absentee and Internet live bidding are available through LiveAuctioneers. For additional information, call Cindy Stephenson at 215-322-6182 or e-mail

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