LEXINGTON, KY - The Kentucky Horse Park will celebrate the unveiling of a new Secretariat bronze statue, by famed equine sculptor Edwin Bogucki, during a two-day SecretariatFest event on July 16 and 17. Honoring the 1973 Thoroughbred Triple Crown winner, the statue will become a lasting tribute to the horse known as “Big Red” for the education and enjoyment of park visitors from all around the world.
The event starts Friday, July 16 at 5 pm, with a Secretariat Art Exhibit at Cross Gate Gallery in Lexington. The exhibit will include a 1/3 scale rendering of the bronze statue by Bogucki, as well as works of art by Leroy Neiman, Katie Upton, Larry Wheeler and Richard Stone Reeves. Later that evening, there will be a “Secretariat Celebration” gala at the Kentucky Horse Park in the Grand Pavilion.
On Saturday, July 17, Secretariat fans will be able to participate in a number of activities including a 5K “Big Red Run” at 8:30 am, viewings of Secretariat race films, a display of Secretariat racing trophies, horse farm tours, vendors and more. The actual unveiling of the statue will take place at noon, followed by a “meet and greet” with Secretariat’s owner, Penny Chenery, and his jockey, Ron Turcotte. Fans will also be able to join the Secretariat bronze “Inner Circle,” literally, with the purchase of personalized brick pavers for the specially designed plaza around the statue.
The Secretariat bronze will be removed from public view after the SecretariatFest weekend, then will be returned to be dedicated this fall upon completion of the Secretariat Plaza, which will overlook the park’s training track. More information about Secretariat, the Edwin Bogucki bronze, and the SecretariatFest celebration, contact Leonard Lusky at (502) 473-1036 or visit www.Secretariat.com.
The Kentucky Horse Park is open daily March 15-October 31, from 9 am to 5 pm, and admission is $14 for adults and $7 for children ages 7-12. Admission includes the American Saddlebred Museum.
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The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm/theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse. The park is an agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet that hosted 913,000 visitors and 80 special events and horse shows in 2003. The park is located at Exit 120, Interstate 75, just North of Lexington. The place to get close to horses, the park is open daily March 15 to October 31, and Wednesday through Sunday, November 1 to March 14.