It seems fitting that the only horse to win the Triple Crown since 1978 would receive permanent props at the Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs, the place where it all started for American Pharoah in 2015. The museum unveils the new exhibit on Thursday, Feb. 16, with a special event that’s aimed at enticing bourbon lovers as well.
As a bonus “Legends Series: Bourbon Masters,” the event pairs Maker’s Mark with the opening celebration and features a discussion with Maker’s Rob Samuels, Greg Davis and Jane Bowie. There will be tastings throughout the night, and the museum will open its first bottle of a privately selected Maker’s Mark to commemorate the occasion.
If guests decide they like the one-of-a-kind bourbon, they can even purchase a bottle to take home and add to their collections.
The American Pharoah exhibit features dozens of items on loan from trainer Bob Baffert, jockey Victor Espinoza and owner/breeders Ahmed and Justin Zayat, and it includes everything from horseshoes, silks and trophies.
Cost for the opening night celebration on Thursday is $25 (or $20 for museum members), and doors open at 5:30 p.m. After that, the exhibit will be a part of the museum’s general admission.