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Kentucky Derby Museum hosting celebration for American Pharoah's Triple Crown win

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Permanent exhibits are being constructed at the Kentucky Derby Musuem to honor American Pharoah. He will get his own Triple Crown tree. Permanent exhibits are being constructed at the Kentucky Derby Musuem to honor American Pharoah. He will get his own Triple Crown tree.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- American Pharoah and his team are soaking in all the Triple Crown glory that has built up for 37 years, but fans can be a part of the experience too at the Kentucky Derby Museum.

Before you even head into the museum, people are greeted by large signs congratulating the Triple Crown winner. For a Monday afternoon, the Kentucky Derby Museum was busy. 

"Everybody wants to get that glimpse, everybody wants to be a part of the Triple Crown and this is one great way to do that," said Lynn Ashton, museum president.

The Triple Crown trophy is gone from its case after 37 years and a new one will have to be made. The museum has been open for 30 years, so it is the first Triple Crown winner during the museum's existence.

Ashton says exhibits are being constructed to honor American Pharoah. He will get his own Triple Crown tree. 

"They're exhibits on the Triple Crown winners," Ashton explained, "and we've had a big hole there because it's said, 'who will be the next triple crown winner?'"

In one area, the silks of the triple crown winning jockeys hang from the ceiling, Victor Espinoza's will hang there soon too. The souvenir shop is loaded with American Pharoah merchandise.

In the museum's winner's circle, fans love getting their picture with the horse and jockey replica. 

"He (the horse) goes downstairs in the lower level, he's repainted by an artist and then all the equipment that was on that year's Derby winner is placed on this horse, everything is exactly as it should be," said Ashton.

Not just anyone can see the real horse up close. He has 24-7 security on the backside of Churchill Downs. "Oh he's a ham," said Jimmy Barnes, assistant trainer.

Some workers are lucky to snag a picture with the famous thoroughbred as the assistant trainer takes him for a walk. "He's become quite the celebrity, well deserved," said Barnes.

Fans will get to see the horse Saturday night during a parade at Churchill Downs. It is happening during the "Downs After Dark" Stephen Foster Handicap celebration.

Fans can say congratulations to the American Pharoah team Tuesday and Wednesday in the lobby at the museum. There will be large cards to be signed, which will be sent to the trainer, owner and jockey. The event is free.

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