Kentucky Derby Museum to open American Pharoah exhibit

2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in front of our box

2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in front of our box

The Kentucky Derby Museum will unveil the permanent home of its new American Pharoah exhibit on Thursday, February 16th beginning at 5:30 p.m. As a special part of the Museum’s ongoing Legends Series: Bourbon Masters, the Museum will also release its own Maker’s Mark® Private Select bottle to celebrate the evening.

The event will feature a Legends Series discussion with Maker’s Mark. Rob Samuels, Chief Operating Officer and grandson of the founders, Greg Davis, Master Distiller and Jane Bowie, Maturation Specialist will join in a question-and-answer session moderated by the Museum’s Bourbon Authority Fred Minnick. Guests will also enjoy stops throughout the Museum featuring select Maker’s Mark tastings as well as a private presentation of the commemorative bottle.

Attendees will get a first look at the permanent exhibit that celebrates American Pharoah, the 12th Triple Crown Winner in Thoroughbred racing history. Highlights include exclusive items on loan from American Pharoah’s winning connections. In addition, the exhibit showcases a Limited-Edition American Pharoah commemorative Maker’s Mark bottle signed by Bob Baffert, Victor Espinoza, Rob Samuels, and Ahmed and Justin Zayat.

The ticketed event is $25 per person, $20 for Kentucky Derby Museum members. A limited number of Maker’s Mark® Private Select bottles will be available for purchase.

American Pharoah (foaled February 2, 2012) is an American Thoroughbred racehorse who won the American Triple Crown and the Breeders’ Cup Classic in 2015. In winning all four races, he became the first horse to win the “Grand Slam” of American horse racing.[ He won the 2015 Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year and 2015 Champion three-year-old. He was bred and owned throughout his racing career by Ahmed Zayat of Zayat Stables, trained by Bob Baffert, and ridden in most of his races by Victor Espinoza. He now stands at stud at Ashford Stud in Kentucky.

American Pharoah’s name is inspired by that of his sire, Pioneerof the Nile, and his dam’s sire, Yankee Gentleman. The horse’s name also acknowledges Zayat’s own Egyptian-American background. The misspelling of “Pharaoh” is permanent, but inadvertent. Zayat originally claimed that the spelling was the result of an error by The Jockey Club, but the organization’s president stated, “The name request for the 2012 colt American Pharoah was submitted electronically on January 25, 2014, through The Jockey Club’s interactive registration site. Since the name met all of the criteria for naming and was available, it was granted exactly as it was spelled on the digital name application.

Above is partially a press release by the Kentucky Derby Museum