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EVERY DAY IS DERBY DAY AT THE KENTUCKY DERBY MUSEUM

 LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The Kentucky Derby Museum, located next to historic Churchill Downs, is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum's award-winning multi-image show, "The Greatest Race," is a spectacular sight-and-sound extravaganza that brings the first Saturday in May to life for visitors year-round.
 Hands-on exhibits and collections of Derby memorabilia delight visitors of all ages. Museum goers can lunch at the Derby Cafe (in the shadow of the fabled Twin Spires), browse through the museum's unique gift shop, take a walking guided tour of Churchill Downs and meet the new resident Thoroughbred, Deputy Joe.
 A special Derby exhibit, "Calumet Farm: Remembering A Racing Empire," honors the farm's unequaled status as the home of eight Kentucky Derby winners (including two Triple Crown Champions, Whirlaway and Citation). A large 1939 GMC four-horse van (in mint condition!), purchased by the museum at the farm's absolute auction, is the focal point of the exhibit.
 Equine art by world-renown impressionist LeRoy Neiman is also on display for the Derby season at the museum. Neiman will be on hand Derby week to sketch scenes of Oaks and Derby festivities. Racing scenes and sketches of famous jockeys are among the oil paintings, etchings and watercolors.
 The long-standing, slow-sipping tradition of the mint julep is captured in a new permanent exhibit which also includes the world's largest mint julep cup. Donated to the museum by Early Times Kentucky Whisky, the cup takes its place with other related memorabilia.
 Another new "item" at the museum is located in the barn and paddock area. Deputy Joe is now the resident Thoroughbred who greets museum visitors. Although a newcomer to the public relations business, the seven-year-old gelding is well bred. His sire is Deputy Minister, champion two-year-old colt in 1981, and he is out of the Mr. Prospector mare, Silver Valley. Deputy Joe's resume (he was one of many applicants for the job) describes him as playful and people-oriented.
 Special guests in the museum's newly-renovated and expanded Finish Line Gift Shop during Derby week are: Kathryn Cocquyt (author of "Little Freddie at the Kentucky Derby"), Jim Bolus (author of "Kentucky Derby Stories"), jockey Ron Turcotte, horse owner Penny Chenery Tweedy and commemorative Derby poster artist Sonny Whittle.
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 /CONTACT: Susanne Wright of the Kentucky Derby Museum, 502-637-1111/


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