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, and great‐great granddaughter Michelle Macdowell of Black Gold Legacy, LLC, will be in attendance with her daughter and son-in-law Venessa and David King. The attendees of three generations will be a part of this long‐time tradition. John E Mooney, grandson of J.D. Mooney [who rode Black Gold throughout his 1924 campaign] will also be in attendance for the event.

The event occurs annually at Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots in New Orleans, LA where the Black Gold Overnight 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.