Churchill Downs celebrating Triple Crown 100th anniversary with trophy display

Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes and Triple Crown trophies will be on display at the KDF Museum. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

In honor of the 100th anniversary of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown, trophies for the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes and Triple Crown will be on display at the Kentucky Derby Museum during opening weekend.

Sir Barton was the first horse to ever win a Triple Crown in 1919. Since then, the list of Triple Crown winners has grown to 13, including Citation in 1948, Seattle Slew in 1973, American Pharoah in 2015 and Justify in 2018.

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“We are celebrating Justify’s historic win and 100 years since the first Triple Crown winner, Sir Barton,” Rachel Collier, spokeswoman for the Kentucky Derby Museum, said. “And we will have these trophies on display and other items on display in our new exhibit that’s going to be open until the end of July. If people want to see this, this is a rare opportunity to see all of these trophies together. You’ve got to come.”

A tribute to John Asher will also take place during opening weekend. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

The Justify and Century of the Crown display will open to the public Sunday April 28th during the museum’s 4th annual Fan Fest.

Also taking place that day will be a tribute to the late John Asher, the longtime vice president of racing communications who died in August. That will happen at 3:30 p.m.

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