Kentucky Derby Museum...
Oct 20, 2013
|The Kentucky Derby Museum consists of two floors of exhibit space, including a 360-degree theater that shows the HD video The Greatest Race. It is annually updated in June, capturing the most recent Kentucky Derby victory.
Through this film and the many well done exhibits, visitors learn what goes into the breeding and training of a young foal and the path it takes to the Kentucky Derby's winner circle.
Every Kentucky Derby win is honored in the Warner L. Jones Time Machine, where visitors can watch any Kentucky Derby from 1918 to the present day. Additionally, there are several exhibits that highlight the stories of owners, trainers and jockeys as well as the importance of African American jockeys and trainers to the race and the Thoroughbred industry. The Museum houses over 20,000 items, consisting of both artifact and library materials.
Larry & I enjoyed 'Riders Up' where we mounted a simulated horse and tried to maintain the jockey’s stance for two minutes- the time it takes to run 1.25 mile track on Derby day. We ran two races & split the win's, one each! Fortunately I won the second race...Good thing we went for two, lol! 'Starting Gate' was pretty cool too as you 'sort of' get the feel of what it would be like to feel your blood pressure mounting as the clock ticked down for the start of the race. Of course we climbed on up inside and took our photo on the replica horse like all the other tourists do, lol.
Well, I could go on and on about all that's on display inside but I guess you'll just have to make a trip to Kentucky to see for yourself! We were glad we stopped at both Churchill Downs & Keeneland while in the area. We learned a lot more about the racing industry, the local tracks and the amazing horses that run. Including a bit more about the lovely statue that greeted us as we arrived today.
The bronze gracing the front of the museum was created by Kentucky artist Alexa King and showcases Barbaro and jockey Edgar Prado in mid-flight between strides nearing the finish line in the 2006 Kentucky Derby. The statue is attached to a horizontal bronze rail that supports the 1,500-pound sculpture and creates an impression that Barbaro and his rider are suspended in air. It is the first time that an equine statue of this size and scope has been presented in this manner, with all four of the horse’s feet off the ground.
Barbaro will be remembered for his six, first-place finishes, including the 2006 Kentucky Derby which he dominated by 6 1/2 lengths. Two short weeks later, with whispers of Triple Crown possibilities at a full roar, he shattered his leg in the Preakness. The heroic struggle that followed created a swell of national attention and support for this racing champion. The memorial in front of the Museum celebrates Barbaro's courage in the face of a year-long struggle against his injury and resulting infections. Barbaro’s ashes are interred beneath the memorial which was dedicated on April 26, 2009.
And finally, many of the seasonal festivities historically kicked off with black-tie charity balls and there's never been a Derby Day without a celebration of festive hats. Oh my are they into their hats! The hat display was colorful, interesting & full of information. It even includes one worn by the Queen of England. But rather than bore all you guys out there, I've provided a link for those that would like to view more on the attire, recipes & traditions of the day. There's even a recipe for a Mint Julep, Molasses Crinkles and Bourbon Waffle Syrup. So, check it out if you'd like at the link below and have a great day!
Kentucky Derby Museum