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Keeneland Race Course

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Tour 3 - Limestone Legacy

Keeneland is unique in that it is both a Thoroughbred racetrack and an auction company.  Located in the heart of Kentucky’s famed Bluegrass Region, Keeneland plays an important role in both Thoroughbred racing and breeding.  Each April and October, the nation’s best Thoroughbred owners, trainers, and jockeys converge at Keeneland to compete for some of North America’s richest purse money. As the world’s leading Thoroughbred auction house, Keeneland has sold more champions and stakes winners than any other sales company.  Our tour will be conducted by a Keeneland host/guide.  There will be a brief video, followed by a tour of the beautifully landscaped grounds, which includes a tale of the history of Keeneland and its contribution to the Thoroughbred racing world.  The tour ends with a trip to the oval track, where you will have an opportunity to watch race horses in training.  Bring your cameras to record your visit to the storied Keeneland Race Course. 

Woodford Reserve Bourbon is an American brand of premium small batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey produced by The Brown-Forman Corporation.  Distilling on the site began in 1780; and the distillery building itself was erected in 1838, making it the oldest of the nine bourbon distilleries in current operation in Kentucky. The distillery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated a National Historic Landmark.  In a contract agreement with Churchill Downs, Woodford Reserve has been declared the “official bourbon of the Kentucky Derby.” The tour is a guided education through the Distillery, explaining the history of bourbon, their bottling process and how they are unique at all five sources of flavor.  Anyone 21 and over can taste their award-winning craft bourbon for themselves.  After the tour,  lunch will be at Glenn’s Creek Cafe in the Visitors’ Center.  The Chef-In-Residence is locally renowned Ouita Michel
Darley at Jonabell Farm is owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Ruler of Dubai.  Sheikh Mohammed bought his Kentucky property from John A. Bell in 2001 and added an American property to his global horse breeding and racing operation.  They have horse facilities in six countries around the world, the UK, Ireland, France, Japan, Australia and the United States.  They race under the name Godolphin, and their racing silks are royal blue.  The tour will start at the office for an introduction by a knowledgeable Darley tour host, then we move to the trophy room, on to the stallion barn (where several horses will be brought out and you can have your photograph taken with a famous stallion), then the breeding shed, ending again at the office. Stallions that stand stud at Darley at Jonabell Farm are:  Alpha, Animal Kingdom, Bernardini, Elusive Quality, Emcee, Frosted, Girolamo, Hard Spun, Medaglia d’Oro, Midshipman, Nyquist, Street Boss and Street Sense. 
The Lexington Distillery District is located just west of the Lexington Center and Rupp Arena on Manchester Street.  Here, you will find a new gathering place for locals and visitors alike.  What was originally an old Bourbon Distillery District in the city’s industrial birthplace, there is now a new development project that offers an ice cream lounge, a coffee bar, restaurants, new distilleries and breweries, art studios and shops.  In the middle of these establishments there is a patio sitting area for socializing with friends while enjoying food and drink, as well as the unique architecture and atmosphere of this revitalized property.