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Mage makeover completed at Kentucky Derby Museum

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Guests can relive the magical moment Mage crossed the finish line to become the 149th Kentucky Derby champion at the Kentucky Derby Museum. 
The Museum completed updates to the Winner’s Circle exhibit, which greets visitors as soon as they walk in.

A local artist, Mike Prather, airbrushed the replica horse to resemble the Kentucky Derby winner, including his distinct markings and equine nasal strips. The replica jockey is wearing the team’s silks and pants, just like Javier Castellano wore aboard on May 6, 2023.

After taking pictures with Mage and Castellano, guests can learn about the team’s story and their journey to the Kentucky Derby stage through the self-guided panels in the exhibit. The Museum is also excited to have unique artifacts on display:

  • Two of Mage’s horseshoes worn during the Kentucky Derby
  • A harness worn by Mage
  • A Mage hat signed by the team
The Museum’s signature 18-minute movie, The Greatest Race, now includes Mage’s stunning late charge to win Derby 149. With odds at 15 – 1, Mage lived up to his name, which means “magician” or “wizard.” Guests can experience the thrilling win on the larger-than-life 360° screen by booking their next visit to the Museum online.

The Museum also updated its lobby banner with pictures of the Mage team celebrating their win.

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