Horse Thieves Steal Statue Of 1901 KY Derby Winner His Eminence From Indiana Business

A New Albany, Indiana, businesswoman is asking the public for help after ‘horse thieves' rode off with a statue of a Kentucky Derby winner that was located outside her real estate office.

Pat Harrison told the News and Tribune that the statue – of 1901 Kentucky Derby winner His Eminence – was stolen late last week. The statue was originally part of Louisville's 2004 “Gallapalooza” event. Harrison successfully bid $2,250 in a charity auction for the statue, and stationed it outside her real estate offices shortly thereafter.

In the years since then, Harrison said she has spent $15,000 on repairs, etc., on the statue. Last week, high winds and storms blew over His Eminence, resulting in some needed repairs and touch-ups. Harrison had placed the statue behind the building after she scheduled someone to come out and work on it. She noticed it was missing Friday morning.

Harrison filed a police report with the New Albany Police Department, but so far they have little to go on.

“I don't want to press charges,” Harrison said. “I just want him back.”

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