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New Exhibit features behind the scenes look at new Secretariat movie

The Kentucky Derby Museum will celebrate the history, the triumphs, and the people behind the horse in a new feature exhibit showcasing famed racehorse, Secretariat. Secretariat: Big Red’s Journey to the Silver Screen opens at the Derby Museum on Thursday, September 23, 2010. The exhibit features exclusive behind the scenes footage filmed on-set during the making of the movie and provided to the Derby Museum by Walt Disney Pictures. Visitors will enjoy the movie trailers in addition to inside interviews with many of the actors in the film.

The Derby Museum will share the true story of Secretariat with historical race footage, artifacts and interviews with the real life historical figures, including Secretariat’s owner Penny Chenery. The movie is based on Chenery’s own life story as she transitioned from housewife to race hero when she took over the operations at her ailing father’s Meadow Stables in Virginia. The movie celebrates the record-breaking success of Chenery’s big, red horse that won the Triple Crown after a 25 year drought and helped to pull the farm out of financial hardships.

The exhibit showcases props and costumes used during the filming of the movie and generously loaned to the museum by Walt Disney Pictures. A white dress and jewelry worn by Diane Lane in the filming of the Kentucky Derby race will be on display along with a suit worn by John Malkovich and racing silks worn by actor Otto Thorwarth. Newspaper clippings, an original script from the film with Chenery’s handwritten comments, family photos, and other props will also be featured in the exhibit.

Other exciting features of the exhibit include real artifacts from Secretariat’s racing career, trophies from the museum’s collection that were used during filming and a fun, 70’s dress up area to get visitors in the spirit of the times.

The exhibit runs from September 23, 2010- March 27, 2011 on the second floor of the museum. The exhibit is included in daily admission prices.


This exhibit is made possible with assistance from Secretariat.com and Walt Disney Pictures.

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2 Responses to “New Exhibit features behind the scenes look at new Secretariat movie”

  1. Anchorage says:

    Great idea to add an exhibit like this, I hope it helps the museum get more foot traffic. I’m sure the movie will be a classic as well.

  2. Trina says:

    This exhibit is incredible! I remember some of the original magazine covers that were copied for the movie that were on display. Our walking tour guide had watched some of the filming of the movie and had some great stories, too. I really liked the props for the desk that were on display. I can’t wait to see the movie and look for them in the scenes. Thank you, Kentucky Derby Museum, for putting up such a wonderful display!

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