Lexington Journals

Horse Capital of The World

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A travel journal to Lexington by dglawless

Keeneland Race Course Photo, Lexington, Kentucky More Photos
Quote: Lexington, KY is truely the horse capital of the world. It has a rich history for many generations. The horse farms are beautiful and just a 10 min. drive from downtown Lexington.

Horse Capital of The World

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Overview

Lexington Photo, Lexington, Kentucky
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Lexington, KY epitomizes the elegance of the thoroughbred industry and all that is good about southern culture. As you drive into the city you will see miles of fences that surround the horse farms. In the spring young foals are running alongside their mothers in fields of bluegrass. In Lexington the horse is king and the farms are their palaces. Lexington is the home of Keenland, a track visited by royalty which has an atmosphere that allows all that attend to feel like royalty themselves. Lexington also honors the horse with a park and museum dedicated to horses of all types. The rich history of the horse and man’s use of horses for work, sport and leisure is documented and displayed in many ...Read More

Roger's Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Roger's"

Roger's Restaurant Photo, Lexington, Kentucky
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Roger’s Restaurant is a long-standing tradition in Lexington and is particularly busy during the Keenland meet and the horse sales. It is family owned and operated for several generations. They specialize in Kentucky dishes like fried catfish, southern fried chicken and the famous KY hot brown. You will see the night’s specials on a chalkboard on the wall. It is a family style restaurant with cozy tables and waitresses that never meet a stranger. There is a full service bar in the back where you can usually watch a ball game or get a tip on a good bet for Keenland. The drinks are well made and it is a friendly atmosphere with many regular patrons, which welcome new comers with KY style hospitality...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 10, 2001

Roger's Restaurant
808 South Broadway
Lexington, Kentucky 40504
(859) 254-1077

Ramsey's Diner

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Restaurant | "Ramsey's "

Ramsey's Diner Photo, Lexington, Kentucky
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Ramsey’s is a very popular locally owned restaurant with old fashion southern home cooking. When you walk in the restaurant you are greeted with the aroma of home cooked food and the whimsical décor of mismatched tables and brightly painted chairs. The bar came out of an old local pub and is made of beautiful wood with a mirror and hanging stemware. The building sits on the corner in the downtown area near a fire station. When a fire truck goes by with the siren on, beer is $1. Ramsey’s is popular with students from nearby University of KY, local business people, downtown residents and tourists alike. It has a full service bar, which has many regulars. Two televisions over the bar usually have ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 10, 2001

Ramsey's Diner
496 East High Street
Lexington, Kentucky 40502
(859) 259-2708

Keeneland Race Course

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Attraction | "Keenland Race Course"

Keeneland Race Course Photo, Lexington, Kentucky
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Keenland is one of the most elegant tracks in the U.S. The track runs April 6th through the 27th and October 6th through the 27th of 2001. The track is across from the airport in Lexington. As you turn into Keenland Race Track you enter another world. The long tree lined drive to the parking lot is beautiful. You can feel the excitement in the air as you approach the gate to enter. The buildings at the track are ivy covered stone with unique architecture. As you make your way through the entrance, you will see the winners circle where all the horses are walked for the betters, owners, and trainers get a last chance to view the horses before each race. You have the option of getting seats in the g...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 10, 2001

Keeneland Race Course
4201 Versailles Road
Lexington, Kentucky 40510
(859) 254-3412

Thoroughbred Park

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Attraction

Thoroughbred Park Photo, Lexington, Kentucky
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This is a small but beautiful downtown park. It is dedicated to the people that made their mark on the thoroughbred industry in Kentucky. At the corner of the park is a spectacular garden of red roses that stay in bloom from late spring through the summer. Turn to the right and you will see magnificent life-sized bronze sculptures of horses crossing a finish line with a waterfall backdrop. Behind the wall of the fountain the park is mounded in a hill that is landscaped with trees and of course sown with bluegrass that is indigenous to the area. There are the several bronze sculptures of mother horses and their offspring frolicking on the rises. Throughout the park are plaques honoring people in the B...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 10, 2001

Thoroughbred Park
Main And Midland Streets
Lexington, Kentucky

Calumet Farm

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Attraction

Calumet Farm Photo, Lexington, Kentucky
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Calumet is probably the most famous and prestigious of all the horse farms in Kentucky. William Monroe Wright of the Calumet Baking Powder Company started Calumet Farm. It is very close to Keenland and is one of the few farms that still keep their fences in the traditional white that has been replaced in the last two decades with more practical black fencing at other farms. Calumet is very distinguishable by the white and red barns with their stately cupolas and miles of white wooden fences. Calumet has bred an impressive nine Kentucky Derby winners and two Triple Crown winners over the years. The Calumet devil red and blue silks are recognized by all familiar with the racing industry. The farm ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 10, 2001

Calumet Farm
Versailles Road
Lexington, Kentucky

Red Mile Track

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Attraction

Red Mile Track Photo, Lexington, Kentucky
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The Red Mile Track is a standard bred harness track. It is named for the color of the dirt at the track, which is very red. It is the fastest harness track in the world and has an extended season. The season dates vary each year but generally run for about 25 days in late April and early May. The fall season is much shorter and runs in October. Unlike Keenland, Red Mile runs in the evening giving it a different feel. The riders sit behind the horses in two wheeled sulkies. It is slower paced than thoroughbred racing but the excitement is the same. As you watch the horses round the track it seems that at any minute the riders are going to be thrown from their perches- although this almost nev...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 10, 2001

Red Mile Track
1200 Red Mile Road
Lexington, Kentucky 40504
(859) 255-0752

Pinkston's

Attraction

Pinkston's Photo, Lexington, Kentucky
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Pinkston's is well-known in the thoroughbred horse industry for its extensive inventory of horse supplies. It is a pretty little shop on the inside and very interesting. You can purchase everything from saddle soap to custom made racing silks. They have all sorts of leather goods including top of the line saddles for thorougbreds. They do cater to the thoroughbred horse industry rather than saddle horses. It is a fun shop to browse in even if you have never seen a horse. You can get the famous "lawn jockies" that are so popular in the area as well as neat brass trimmings custom leather belts. It is worth a stop just to get a flavor of the horse world and see the beautiful racing silks.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 10, 2001

Pinkston's
1098 Versailles Road
Lexington, Kentucky 40508
(859) 252-1560

Kentucky Horse Park

Attraction | "The Kentucky Horse Park"

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The Kentucky Horse Park is the only equestrian theme park in the world. It sits on 1,032 acres of beautiful bluegrass land. Its theme is the importance of horses not only in Kentucky but also to the rest of the world and throughout history. The legendary Man o' War, who lost only one race in his career, is buried beneath a statue of himself at the park entrance. In the visitor’s center there is a wide-screen theater, which shows two feature films. After touring the visitor’s center and the gift shop it is time to start touring the park. You have the option of browsing the park on foot or shuttle. For the more adventuresome you can go on a horse-drawn carriage or by horseback.. You can spend h...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 10, 2001

Kentucky Horse Park
4089 Iron Works Parkway
Lexington, Kentucky 40511
(859) 255-5727

Horses Rule!

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Lexington, Kentucky is truly the horse capital of the world. It has been the home of more champions than anywhere in the world. The horse is so central to the life and culture of the Bluegrass area that you will see many streets, businesses and activities named after horses, the farms and the people that made them famous. Of the 126 Kentucky Derby winners 96 were foaled in Kentucky and 8 of the 11 Triple Crown winners. During the 1930’s the local newspaper, The Lexington Herald, offered free papers to all its subscribers on any day that a horse bred within 50 miles of Lexington didn’t win a race at any major track in the country. I don’t think it ever happened. It is not only the thorou...Read More