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American Pharoah exhibit unveiled at Kentucky Derby Museum

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A new exhibit at the Kentucky Derby Museum honors the legacy and career of 2015 Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah.

Dubbed the “horse of a lifetime,” Pharoah became the 12th Triple Crown winner in history, ending a 37-year drought for the title.

The horse's team of owners, jockey, and trainer were at the museum Sunday afternoon to help unveil and open the exhibit to the public.

Addressing a large crowd, the team shared their stories and experiences.

“I never gave up. I thought, sooner or later, I’ll get it done, before I retire,” said jockey, Victor Espinoza. “It was just the best moments of my life, and I will never forget that.”

“It’s very rare in any sport event that you have the entire stadium so-to-speak, now the racetrack, rooting for one thing to happen,” said owner, Admed Zayat.

“I think Victor had a lot to do with it, because that horse had a lot of confidence in him. He had confidence in the horse,” said trainer, Bob Baffert.

“I just remember looking up like, ‘wow, is this happening?’ And see the crowd, everyone jumping. I still have flashbacks to that every single day, so it was unbelievable,” said owner, Justin Zayat.

The exhibit—called “American Pharoah”—took about a year of planning. It includes never-before-seen artifacts and personal mementos, like racing equipment and outfits.

The highlight of the exhibit is Pharoah’s trophies from the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, Belmont Stakes and the Triple Crown, which are displayed together for the first time.

“I was the first one to walk in, and … my head is spinning around. Which way do I look?” said Espinoza.

“It’s there, it’s gone. This is remembered forever, so that’s what I like about it,” said Baffert.

The "American Pharoah" exhibit runs through December.

For more information on the exhibit, check out the Kentucky Derby Museum website.

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