Thoroughbred artist Robert Clark, in collaboration with Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders/Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, announced a new presentation at the annual Derby Trainers Dinner on Tuesday, May 3, 2011. Every year, the dinner hosts the trainers of Kentucky Derby contenders and honors the trainer of the previous year’s Kentucky Derby winner. This year it will host 2010 winner Super Saver’s trainer, Todd Pletcher. In addition to the traditional KTOB/KTA Trainer’s Award statuette, this year’s honoree will recieve an original oil painting by Robert Clark, of Super Saver splashing home to win the 2010 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands.
“I’ve been a fan of Todd’s for years and to help honor his first Kentucky Derby victory is a real privilege for me,” Clark said. “The Trainers Dinner is one of the most entertaining pre-Derby events I get to attend. The camaraderie and mutual respect that these great horsemen show for one another is wonderful, especially when you know they’re all trying to beat each other on race day!” From his studio in Melbourne, Florida, Clark has painted many of the biggest stars of Thoroughbred racing, including a portrait of 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta which brought $4,700 at the recent Ocala Horse Farm Chaplaincy Call to Post Event to benefit Ocala area horse farm workers.
The Derby Trainers Dinner will be held Tuesday night, May 3, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky.