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VC museum opens thoroughbred show

April 02, 2014
An exhibit spotlighting several famous thoroughbred horses raised in Valley Center has returned to the Valley Center History Museum. The show, last presented in 2010, is one of the museum's most popular and most-requested displays.

The exhibit features Sea Orbit, who lived most of his life in Valley Center and was the only progeny of Seabiscuit's 108 foals to enjoy a successful racing career. He was often called "baby biscuit".

Visitors will also see photos and documentation on Secretariat, considered by many to be the greatest thoroughbred in history. Secretariat's descendants include two horses with a local connection: Lady's Secret, a major stakes winner and 1988 Horse of the Year, and Ex-Secretariat.

Also on view is a salute to Atzimba, a granddaughter of the legendary Seattle Slew; and Kemosabi, who won four national championships and sired 1,300 purebred offspring.

Additionally, the exhibit highlights Blanco, the Andalusian horse who portrayed Shadowfax in the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy.

The thoroughbred exhibition is scheduled to remain on view through August 2, but museum curator Marjorie Deskovick said the show could continue past that date based on attendance.

The history museum at 29200 Cole Grade Road is open Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit or call (760) 749-2993.

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