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Secretariat Stars Visit Churchill Downs

Secretariat Stars Visit Churchill Downs

The talents of the upcoming film Secretariat were the star attractions of the Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs April 29. Press conference panel included Diane Lane, Penny Chenery, Randall Wallace, and Mark Ciardi.

Derby Museum Announces Plans; Reopen in April

The Kentucky Derby Museum announced renovation plans Nov. 2, an action necessitated by damage from a flood in Louisville, Ky., three months ago. The Museum is located on the grounds of Churchill Downs.

Work Continues at Flood-Damaged Derby Museum

Work Continues at Flood-Damaged Derby Museum

Cleanup crews are continuing the process of cleaning up water damage at the Kentucky Derby Museum, which is closed indefinitely, and items from the museum's collection that were damaged are being readied for shipment to a conservator in Chicago.

TOBA New Owner Seminar Scheduled

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced April 1 that it will conduct a New Owner Seminar April 30 at the Kentucky Derby Museum, in Louisville, Ky.

Eight Belles Honored at Derby Museum

Eight Belles Honored at Derby Museum

This year's second-place Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) finisher Eight Belles will be memorialized in a ceremony open to the public Sept. 7 at 2 p.m. in the Kentucky Derby Museum's gardens.

Eight Belles to Be Interred at Museum

Eight Belles to Be Interred at Museum

Eight Belles, who finished second in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) but suffered a catastrophic injury moments after the race, will be honored by Churchill Downs Inc. through a series of charitable contributions and initiatives, including the interment of her remains at the Kentucky Derby Museum.

King Selected to Create Barbaro Statue

King Selected to Create Barbaro Statue

Surrounded by images of their deceased colt projected on the walls of the Kentucky Derby Museum, Roy and Gretchen Jackson May 1 announced they have selected equine sculptor Alexa King to create a permanent memorial honoring the 2006 Derby victor.

Vitek Fundraiser Considered Big Success

Vitek Fundraiser Considered Big Success

Through the support of many in the horseracing industry, jockey Justin Vitek will have $60,000 to help defray costs stemming from his battle with acute myelogenous leukemia. About 250 horsemen and racing fans gathered at the Kentucky Derby Museum April 21 for dinner, drinks, and live and silent auctions.

Inside Track: The Hardest Mile

Inside Track: The Hardest Mile

Feb. 14 was a relatively normal day for Justin Vitek, although the jockey felt a little more fatigued than usual.

Racing Celebs to Raise Money for Backside Education

Derby winning jockey Calvin Borel and trainer Carl Nafzger are among the celebrity bartenders who will take part in a fundraising event supporting the Backside Learning Center and the Race for Education to be held at the Kentucky Derby Museum next to Churchill Downs following the running of the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) Saturday.

Equine Artist Clark to Paint at Horsemen's Education Benefit

Nationally-renowned equine artist Robert Clark will be painting live at the Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs on Saturday, June 16, as he works on a portrait of 2007 Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense for the second annual Horsemen's Education Benefit.

War Admiral's Kentucky Derby Trophy Found

The Kentucky Derby Museum has located War Admiral's 1937 Kentucky Derby Gold Cup Trophy, and it will be loaned to the museum for its Kentucky Derby Gold Cup exhibition in 2010.

1970 Kentucky Derby Trophy on eBay

An authentic replication of the 1970 Kentucky Derby trophy is being offered on eBay. After Dust Commander won the race, his owner, the late Robert Lehmann, received special permission from Churchill Downs to have a duplicate made. The original was donated by his family to the Kentucky Derby Museum last year.

KTO to Present Meeker With Horseman of the Year Award

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Thomas Meeker, who guided Churchill Downs through a racing renaissance and led the transformation of Churchill Downs, Inc. into one of the world's major racing companies, will be presented with the 2006 "Warner L. Jones Jr. Horseman of the Year Award" by Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners Nov. 11 at the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville.

Race for Education Names Irwin First 'Valedictorian'

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The Race for Education presented its first Valedictorian Award to Barry Irwin, president of Team Valor. Created to recognize exceptional support by a volunteer or board member, the award was presented to Irwin at the Thoroughbred Fraternity Party, held June 17 at the Kentucky Derby Museum to benefit The Race for Education and Klein Family Learning Center.

Stevens to Join Louisville Thoroughbred Club Derby Party

The Louisville Thoroughbred Club invites all Kentucky Derby (gr. I) fans to gather at the Kentucky Derby Museum April 28 to raise a glass with three-time Kentucky Derby winning jockey Gary Stevens and several of the Thoroughbred industry's top racing analysts as they toast America's greatest race and dice out the odds and chances of all the 132nd Derby contenders.

Kentucky Derby Museum Features Day Exhibit

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The Kentucky Derby Museum announced the April 17 opening of its exhibit, "What a Difference a Day Makes," which features a retrospective look at the life and career of Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day, who retired last year. The exhibit will run through July 8.

John Asher to Receive KTO's Horsemen of the Year Award

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Churchill Downs' John Asher was named 2005 Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners Warner L. Jones, Jr. Horseman of the Year. Asher will be honored by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners (KTO) at their annual award dinner Nov. 11 at the Kentucky Derby Museum.

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