Discover the connections our Victorian swag and floral antique necklace shares with recent 2012 Kentucky Derby winner, I’ll Have Another.
Horseshoes, like the one you’ll find peeking out of this necklace’s floral swag, have long been a symbol of good luck. English, Scottish and Moorish legends hold horseshoes in high esteem for their ability to protect against evil. And nowhere are horseshoes more prevalent than at horse farms and racetracks like Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, where the Kentucky Derby is run each May. Indeed, every year the thoroughbred who takes the crown that known as “The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports” is presented with a garland of roses. As a result, the Kentucky Derby has been affectionately dubbed “The Race for the Roses.” The 2012 first-place finisher will be graced with a garland weighing around 40 pounds and containing more than 400 roses. Prior to 1932, however, the Derby winner was presented with a horseshoe-shaped wreath of roses very much resembling the Victorian one featured in this necklace.