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LOOK: New Secretariat Statue to be Unveiled Saturday at Keeneland

Jocelyn Russell-Secretariat Monument 2019 | Facebook

Jocelyn Russell-Secretariat Monument 2019 | Facebook

Secretariat’s checkerboard silks have been prominently featured on Kentucky’s uniforms over the last five years. This weekend they’ll be on public display in a new statue that greets visitors as they make their way into town.

Saturday morning at 10:45 a new 11-foot, 38,000 pound Secretariat statue will be unveiled at Keeneland. Created by sculptor Jocelyn Russell, the statue was shipped from Oklahoma to Lexington this week. After Saturday’s ceremony, it’s permanent home will be in the middle of a roundabout at the crossroads of Old Frankfort Pike and Alexandria Drive.

This photo from Karl Schmidt illustrates the scale of the large statue.

The new addition is impressive and will be a welcome sight in the middle of the Horse Capital of the World.

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Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

10 Comments for LOOK: New Secretariat Statue to be Unveiled Saturday at Keeneland



  1. DavidP19
    11:46 am October 11, 2019 Permalink

    Say what you will about him being a Virginia horse or that the UK uniforms are ugly … BUT, Secretariat was legendary and this is a kick ass statue !!!



    • jpbky2
      1:05 pm October 11, 2019 Permalink

      The Roundabout and Old Frankfort Pike and Alexandria? Really? I think they could have chosen a better place for the permanent home.



    • TBW3011
      3:54 pm October 11, 2019 Permalink

      Agree totally. Somewhere much more prominent. That’s in BFE



    • Memphis UK Cat
      1:47 pm October 11, 2019 Permalink

      I like the tradition and the check boards on the uniform.

      I hate the new cat logo. Terrible!



    • jpgfile
      4:50 pm October 11, 2019 Permalink

      The location might not be Lexington’s most-seen area, but it’s closer to the horse country than some others. What I’d like to know is whether there will be a safe way for anyone to get closer to the statue on foot, to actually admire the sculptor’s excellent work.



  2. Cat68
    12:25 pm October 11, 2019 Permalink

    Yeah but with all the legendary athletes coming out of UK I would think there are plenty to pick from to shape the brand/image of UK instead of an out-of-state horse with bad fashion sense. Yes Secretariat was a phenomenal thoroughbred and this is definitely a kick ass statue and kudos to the artists but…we are UK, we are the needle.



    • MtnCat
      12:44 pm October 11, 2019 Permalink

      I personally like the reference and the checkerboards…



    • runningunnin.454
      1:17 pm October 11, 2019 Permalink

      Secretariat was conceived in Kentucky, stood stud in Kentucky, died and was buried in Kentucky.
      He was a “citizen” of Kentucky for the vast majority of his life. I guess we can claim him.
      I’ve been to but one Kentucky Derby, and I saw him win it in ’73…no need to go back once you’ve seen perfection.



  3. wadmalawcat
    3:30 pm October 11, 2019 Permalink

    Thank you runnin, was about two type the same thing. Spent three years in Va. Rest of his life and grave site, and acknowledgement, was Ky



  4. RealCatsFan
    4:18 pm October 11, 2019 Permalink

    Now THAT is a beautiful work of art. Fitting tribute to a legend. That would be at home in the lobby of Rupp Arena.

    They are having the GoodGuys classic car show at Keeneland tomorrow and Sunday. Great opportunity to look at a bunch of other works of art as well as this one.