Churchill Downs Structural Brace Bench

This unique bench celebrates both architecture and the rich pageantry of Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby. The bench is crafted from one of the authentic support braces used in the frame construction of the 1903-1923 paddock at Churchill Downs®. Braces are key structural supports for the roof of the pavilion style structures such as this paddock in which prized thoroughbred horses were showcased and mounted before races.

Sale price$2,000.00
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Product Details

The braces of this one of a kind bench are carefully cleaned & sanded, with custom industrial steel supports and feet added to make the bench easy to place in your home, patio or yard. Alternatively, choose a brace without supports and feet and let your imagination run wild. Each unit comes boxed with a Certificate of Authenticity. Weight 95lbs. If in the Bay Area, call to arrange free local pickup. If shipped, freight billing will be separate. All sales final.

DUE TO LICENSING RESTRICTIONS PLEASE NOTE WE ARE UNABLE TO SHIP CHURCHILL DOWNS LICENSED ITEMS TO CANADA.

Warning: This product may contain one or more chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer or to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.

Measures 80"L x 23" (high point) to 19" (low point)

In 2014, Churchill Downs® approached Tokens to make gifts from the beams and trusses of the Racetrack's paddock built in 1903. Churchill Downs planned to incorporate this structure into the second story "Grandstand Pavilion" but building codes made its use cost prohibitive so it was carefully dismantled in 2013. The wood has been transferred to Tokens for a new life celebrating Churchill Downs' history and pageantry. Officially licensed by Churchill Downs Racetrack.

This a furniture item. Call to arrange local pickup or delivery within the Bay Area.

Due to licensing restrictions we are unable to ship Churchill Downs licensed items to Canada.

The History of Churchill Downs Paddock Wood

In 2014, Churchill Downs® approached Tokens to make gifts from the beams and trusses of the Racetrack's paddock built in 1903. Here, prized thoroughbred horses were showcased and mounted before races.

During its existence, Sir Barton, a chestnut colt bred in Kentucky, won the 1919 Kentucky Derby® by five lengths and went on to be the inaugural Triple Crown winner. 1923 was the last year this paddock was used since a new paddock was built behind the clubhouse. Over the course of the last 89 years, this paddock served different track functions, primarily housing parimutuel windows.

Recently, Churchill Downs planned to incorporate this structure into the second story "Grandstand Pavilion" but building codes made its use cost prohibitive so it was carefully dismantled in 2013. The wood has been transferred to Tokens for a new life celebrating Churchill Downs' history and pageantry.

The Kentucky Derby

Kentucky has been home to horse racing since the late 18th century. In 1875, Col. M. Lewis Clark opened Churchill Downs. Clark designed the Kentucky Derby®, Kentucky Oaks® and Clark Handicap as the three major stakes races modeled after England's Epsom Derby, Epsom Oaks and St. Leger Stakes.

This paddock was built in 1903 and, during its existence Sir Barton, a chestnut colt bred in Kentucky, won the 1919 Kentucky Derby by five lengths and went on to be the inaugural Triple Crown winner. 1923 was the last year this paddock was used since a new paddock was built behind the clubhouse.

Over the course of the last 89 years, this paddock's wood served different track functions, primarily housing parimutuel windows. Over the past century, Churchill Downs was named National Historic Landmark in 1986 and remains a beloved icon by horse racing enthusiasts.

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