Kentucky Derby Museum Plans ‘Eclipse’ Viewing Tour On Aug. 21

by | 08.13.2017 | 9:49am

The Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs will host a special tour on Monday, Aug. 21. Participants will be able to view the total solar eclipse, when the moon crosses in front of the sun, from the racetrack's infield, according to Additionally, the Derby Museum will put its own spin on the event with a special tour revolving around Eclipse, the famed Thoroughbred stallion born in 1764.

Eclipse, named for the solar eclipse in the year he was born, won all 18 of his career starts in England. He has been an extremely prolific sire, and gives his name to the American year-end awards which celebrate the best Thoroughbred racing has to offer.

“About 90 percent or more of modern thoroughbreds can trace their lineage back to Eclipse,” said Kentucky Derby Museum Senior Curator of Collections Chris Goodlett. “Many of the horses who have raced here at Churchill Downs and in the Derby would have a link to Eclipse, and have him in their lineage if we were to trace it back.”


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