Triple Crown trophies to be displayed together for first-time ever
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 18, 2016) — With the Kentucky Derby just weeks away, the Kentucky Derby Museum will open its newest exhibit, “American Pharoah” on May 1, 2016. American Pharoah was last year’s Triple Crown winner, and the exhibit celebrates him as only the 12th thoroughbred in racing history to win the coveted title; and the first since Affirmed in 1978. The exhibit will run through December 2016.
Dubbed the “horse of a lifetime,” the new “American Pharoah” exhibit takes an in-depth look at the champion himself throughout his successful racing career. It also delves into the stories of the three men “behind the horse” – owner Ahmed Zayat, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert and veteran jockey Victor Espinoza. Find out how all three arrived at this point in their careers, and what the unique story of American Pharoah means to them.
Trainer Bob Baffert and his wife Jill, are expected to be at the opening of the exhibit on May 1. Other members of the team may also be at the opening.
All three Triple Crown trophies will be displayed together, as well as many never-before-seen artifacts and personal mementos from each of the three men such as items from Baffert’s brief career as a jockey, Espinoza’s costume from his appearance on “Dancing with the Stars” and racing equipment American Pharoah used during his career. The exhibit also includes exclusive interviews with Zayat, Baffert and Espinoza with touch-screen displays.
The “American Pharoah” exhibit opening will be the featured event of Kentucky Derby Museum’s Fan Fest Day. The museum will open at 8 a.m. on May 1 for an entire day of family-friendly activities to celebrate the thoroughbred racing industry. Along with the exhibit opening, the day will feature specialty tours, jockey panel, book signings, kid’s activity area, gallery talks, bourbon tastings and more.
Guests will have access to all activities with the cost of a regular admission ticket. Tickets are $15 for adult and $7 for children 5 to 14. Children under five are free. For more information, including a detailed schedule of events, visit www.derbymuseum.org.