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Kentucky Derby Museum opens Winning Colors exhibit

Updated: Apr. 29, 2018 at 7:59 PM EDT
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Winning Colors was the last filly to win the Derby. (Source: Justin Hawkins/WAVE 3 News)
Winning Colors was the last filly to win the Derby. (Source: Justin Hawkins/WAVE 3 News)
Trophies at the Kentucky Derby Museum Winning Colors exhibit. (Source: Justin Hawkins/WAVE 3...
Trophies at the Kentucky Derby Museum Winning Colors exhibit. (Source: Justin Hawkins/WAVE 3 News)
The Winning Colors exhibit opened this weekend at the Kentucky Derby Museum. (Source: Justin...
The Winning Colors exhibit opened this weekend at the Kentucky Derby Museum. (Source: Justin Hawkins/WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Race fans from across the country got a special opportunity to explore the history of the Run for the Roses on Sunday at the Kentucky Derby Museum Fan Fest Day.

"That felt like I was actually really racing," Addisyn Smith, a young girl riding a race simulator, said.

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Like many others at the Kentucky Derby Museum, Smith was taking in the thrills of The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.

Smith is a member of Pageant Proud, a group that pairs participants of beauty pageants with mentors. The organization spent the day at the museum.

"I've been having a lot of fun with my big sister," Isabelle Torline, a Pageant Proud member, said.

This year, the bond they share is fitting because the museum is celebrating.

"We say its Derby Day everyday here in the museum, but, this week, I think it's just everyone wants to be a part of it," museum communications manager Lindsay English said. "You can feel the excitement building across Louisville, across the state."

Adding to that is a new exhibit that opened Sunday, "Winning Colors: Famous Fillies" marks the 30 year anniversary since Winning Colors, the last filly to win the Derby, crossed the finish line.

"It did have some issues with the jockey on the top," English said, describing the winner's trophy on display.

"So, we did have that go to the family that creates the Derby Trophy every year. They did some really beautiful repair work on it."

Hard work that can now be seen by the sisters of Pageant Proud as they put in time to build something of their own.

"Being a good role model for them and giving them the best big sister to look up to," mentor Kayla Lovel said.

You can visit the Kentucky Derby Museum this week, but it will be closed to the public on Oaks and Derby Day.

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