Critter Alley

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Louisville 5

At the Kentucky Derby Museum, there's usually a Thoroughbred or two hanging around. This one was camera shy and refused to pose for the papparazzi. I caught a glimpse of her companion, an adorable miniature horse who was equally determined to avoid any photo op.

Back inside the Kentucky Derby Museum, there are many exhibits to see. The interactive ones are particularly interesting. There are even hands-on activities for kids.

Love those Derby Day hats? There are two display cases full of hats worn at previous Derbies. Here's a sampling of lovely chapeaus:

I got to meet last year's Derby winner, Animal Kingdom. Okay, so maybe we only met in a strange, wax museum sort of way.

There's an area that features vintage Derby duds and tack.

I loved this special exhibit honoring one of the most famous jockeys ever...Willie Shoemaker. The materials were recently donated to the museum by his daughter. Sadly, Willie lived his last few years in a wheelchair, paralyzed after a terrible car accident.

It's hard to believe how anyone could fit into that little white suit. Hubby stands next to the exhibit for purposes of perspective.

Several horses that ran in the Derby are buried at Churchill Downs. Particularly poignant is this monument that stands above the remains of a little filly called Eight Bells. She shattered two legs so badly during the race that she had to be humanely euthanized right on the track.

All in all, the Kentucky Derby Museum was well worth the price of admission. If you ever travel to Louisville, and you love beautiful sure to check it out.

We'll be back to our regular programming next blog!


Two French Bulldogs said...

stop it, you are making mom wanna go there
Benny & Lily

Mariodacat said...

Those horses are so gorgeous. M wanted to bring one home, but D said no. he he

Fireblossom said...

I would love to see this museum! I love horses.

The hats are a hoot. The one on the middle left looks like a gray lobster!

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

Thank you fur the grrrrreat tour of the Track and Museum.

Donna Volkenannt said...

Thanks, Pat. Your posts have made me want to head south for Louisville.

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

We live in Georgia, so it isn't too far. Sounds like it would be a great trip.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the very interesting tour of the museum. Maybe Peg and I will go there some day.

"Hubby" needs one of those suits. He could go as Mark Twain on Halloween.

Tammy said...

Love the camera-shy horse! Just like a real star.