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Plenty to See at Derby Museum

Michael Clevenger/Louisville Courier-Journal

Horse racing, even the Kentucky Derby, lacks star power these days.

But there's plenty of star power at the Kentucky Derby Museum. In fact, a walk through the museum's “Shoemaker: Start to Finish” exhibit on the life of famed jockey Bill Shoemaker not only provides a deep look into racing's biggest human star but an interesting perspective on the sport yesterday and today. 

Unless you were there, it's hard to fathom a time when horse races were among the biggest sports events in the nation. And no jockey was a bigger national or international star than Shoemaker. 

It's all right there in the Derby Museum — Shoemaker with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in the winner's circle; Shoemaker posing with Wilt Chamberlain for a national American Express ad campaign; or part of a “Sports Legends” series of pieces by Andy...

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