As the horses, owners and jockeys get ready for the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, a rare opportunity to own a piece of Kentucky Derby history has become available. Actually, it’s more like pieces and it benefits a retirement home..for horses.
An artist named Coleman Larkin is offering jars of resin-coated horse poop for $200. While that sounds like a crappy deal, the poop is from the 1997 Kentucky Derby winner Silver Charm. There’s that..
Money from the sales of “Derby Turds” goes to the “Old Friends Farm.” The farm serves as a Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown, KY. They were founded in 2003 by former Boston Globefilm critic Michael Blowen, and the organization has grown from a leased paddock and one horse to a 136-acre farm, a herd of over 175 rescued and retired horses, and two satellite facilities.
Jars are $200 dollars and benefit retired horses.Larkin says the most difficult part of the creative project is asking “the type of people that own million-dollar thoroughbreds if he can please have some horse turds to put in jars. If the idea of owning historic horse waste appeals to you, you can click here to purchase your own jar.