facility, the Thoroughbred Center allows you to go behind the
scenes and learn about a typical day for a racehorse in training.
You’ll get to watch morning workouts, visit with professionals and watch horses in the barns, paddocks and trackside. This
facility houses more than 1,000 horses and has two training
/ Bluegrass Driving Tour /
If you don’t have a ton of time, you can take your own scenic
walking, driving or cycling tour through the Bluegrass. Order
a map through VisitLex and plan your own route through
some of the most beautiful countryside in the world. www.visitlex.com
Within a day’s drive of most major cities on the East Coast and in the Midwest, Lexington is a great destination for a long weekend any time of year.
Based in Lexington, Ky., SARAH COLEMAN has a soft spot for chestnuts with chrome, including
her off-track Thoroughbred, Chisholm.
/ Keeneland Racecourse /
If you’re lucky enough to get to
Keeneland during the race meet in
April and October or the sales in
September, November and January,
you’re in for a real treat. Even if your
trip to the Bluegrass doesn’t coincide
with one of these dates, it’s worthwhile to make the trip to Keeneland,
which is right across the road from
the Blue Grass Airport.
You can tour the hallowed grounds,
walking through the sales ring that
has sold hundreds of millions of dollars worth of Thoroughbreds over the
years, and stroll through the paddock
where superstars have been saddled.
Don’t forget to stop in the gift shop!
/ Kentucky Cuisine /
Kentucky is rapidly making a name
for itself for its culinary prowess.
With everything from hot browns
to barbecue to spoonbread, there’s
something here to satisfy even the
pickiest of palates.
Whether you’re searching for four-star foods or downhome cooking, places
worth investigating include Wallace Station (don’t be surprised if you see some
Thoroughbred industry legends dining
here, as well), Dudley’s, Ramsey’s,
County Club, Windy Corner, Holly Hill
Inn and more.
Interested in sampling multiple
meals in one day? Lexington also
offers Bleu Plate tours, a culinary
walking tour that also shares some of
the history of the city.
/ Thoroughbred Park /
Before leaving the city, make sure to
stop at Thoroughbred Park, a 2.5-acre
park dedicated to the animals that
put the city on the map.
Seven life-sized, highly detailed
bronze racehorses gallop while
bronze mares and foals graze nearby.
Open year-round, 24 hours a day.
/ The Thoroughbred Center /
A working Thoroughbred training
race meets in
April and October.
Bottom: Take a DIY
driving tour past