Kentucky Derby Tour – Thursday
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Our tours include a tour of Keenelands Thoroughbred horse racing facility, Ashland Stud Farm, and Woodford Reserve.
Keeneland’s Paddock is one of the most beautiful places you will find in Central Kentucky – or anywhere, for that matter. In the mornings, its beauty and serenity are the perfect match for the new colt or filly who must be “schooled” in the Paddock as part of a Thoroughbred’s education. Every April and October, it is the hub of activity – alive with grooms, owners, trainers, jockeys, and fans awaiting breathlessly as last-minute instructions are dispensed and fans get one last look at the magnificent horses before they run the race of their lives.
Ashland Stud Farms
Ashford Stud, a branch of famed Coolmore Stud in Ireland. Ashland boasts a park-like setting and blue-trimmed stone buildings, and it is one of the biggest farms in Kentucky, based on the number of stallions. Among those stallions are 2000 Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus, 1995 Derby winner Thunder Gulch, and Giant’s Causeway, a son of Storm Car and considered by many one of the best sires in the world.
Woodford Reserve itself is the oldest working bourbon distillery in the United States and a National Historic Landmark. Between its rich history and the Craft Bourbon distilled there today, it has quite a story to tell. The best way to hear it is to visit yourself.
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