Secretariat: America's Horse

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Secretariat’s Triple Crown sweep, the Kentucky Derby Museum invites you to experience all aspects of Secretariat’s greatness – from his impact as a celebrity, to his incredible athleticism, to his role in the midst of war and Watergate, and beyond.

  • This new, immersive experience is a permanent exhibit on the Museum’s 2nd floor
  • Watch all three of Secretariat’s Triple Crown races, on a larger-than-life 10-foot screen
  • Take a picture on the red carpet, featuring real costumes and clips from the Disney movie, Secretariat
  • Snap a photo with America's largest horseshoe – a replica made from one of Secretariat’s own
  • Visualize what made Secretariat a super horse - from his unbelievably large heart, to his extra muscle, and more, with state-of-the-art technology
  • Learn about Secretariat’s connections, including his trainer, jockey, and trailblazing female owner, Penny Chenery
Fast Facts about Secretariat
  • Nicknamed “Big Red” for his chestnut color
  • Set records in all three Triple Crown Races, which still stand today
  • Secretariat appeared on the covers of Time, Newsweek and Sports Illustrated in the same week
  • Named a top-100 athlete of the 20th century by ESPN and had his own U.S. postage stamp

Many thanks to our exhibit sponsor


"I’m dazzled. I think it’s so cool, the way modern museum science and exhibits are put together, how they can tell the story of Secretariat for a new generation. The huge screen that plays the three races, and then the trophies right there, is really a knock-out. I think people seeing that will really be in awe, and I think this exhibit will inspire greatness for anyone who walks through."

– John Tweedy, son of the late Penny Chenery, Secretariat’s owner.