Remains of famous horse return to Lexington

The arrival of Lexington's skeleton at the International Museum of the Horse is the completion of a project that took 25 years. The museum's director says it was worth the wait.

As a crate was opened Tuesday, the skeleton of one of the greatest race horses to ever come from Kentucky was revealed. Lexington has been housed at the Smithsonian since 1878.

The majority of Lexington's time at the Smithsonian was spent in storage. It wasn't until 2005, when the International Horse Museum became an Associate Museum to the Smithsonian, that bringing him home became a real possibility.

"Over time I think maybe even the people of Lexington forget just how significant this horse was to us becoming the thoroughbred capital of the world," said museum director Bill Cooke.

Lexington won six of his seven starts but his greatest success came as a sire. Beginning in 1861 he led the American Sires list every year until his death in 1875.

The finishing touches on Lexington's display case are being completed right now. Cook says he expects the exhibit to be ready for public viewing by the end of the day.

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