American Pharaoh’s banner raised alongside fellow Triple Crown winners
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It was a special moment for one Louisville mother as she and her children witnessed history before their eyes.
"This might be the only time in their life that this could happen, that a horse could win these thee really important races. And they've got to watch the whole thing. And now they've gotten a chance to see the banner in the museum," said Alyssa Murphy.
American Pharaoh’s silk banner hangs 40 feet high in the museum's Great Hall, alongside the best of the best in Thoroughbred racing.
"The Kentucky Derby museum has been here for 30 years, our last Triple Crown winner was 37 years ago. How exciting is this for all of us," said Kentucky Derby Museum President Lynn Ashton.
The owner's silk from Zayat Stables joins exclusive company with others up high. Tourists from across the nation came to check out the new display.
"We're one of the most popular tourist’s attractions in town now. We certainly hope that this helps draw more people to us," Ashton explained.
Updates to the museum's signature exhibit could attract more people to the Great Hall as well.
Major changes to the 360 degree film "The Greatest Race" are in the works.
The story-line will remain, but the video and audio is said to be the next best thing to being in the stands.
The new ultra-HD resolution includes 30 million pixels and new acoustical material that will enhance the sound.
As "the people's horse" continues to bring in thousands of tourists, American Pharaoh’s silk banner is now part of an elite club in the Kentucky Derby Museum.
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