Horse Capital of the World – Passport Path

One way to earn a prize with Horse Country’s Passport is to visit one location in each county represented in Horse Country. A suggested itinerary below for March – April 2019 helps you do that!

THURSDAY

CLAIBORNE  (Bourbon County) 11am – 12 noon
A leader in the Thoroughbred farm industry for generations, Claiborne is famously home to the grave of Secretariat, widely believed to be one of the best racehorses of all time.Steeped in history and a commitment to ‘doing the usual, unusually well’, Claiborne is home to top stallions Runhappy, Orb, and War Front.

May we suggest – lunch at Lil’s Cafe or the Paris Train Depot, both local favorites with delicious bites!


DENALI STUD (Bourbon County) 2pm – 3:15pm
The birthplace of Animal Kingdom, Denali is one of Central Kentucky’s leading thoroughbred nursery farms. Visit with your tour guide & learn history of the farm and family in the Denali cabin, then visit the foaling barns to see the mares and foals. Photo ops and a chance to feed the mares peppermints are part of this interactive, relaxed and fun tour experience. Finish up your tour in the Denali office, where you learn about their extensive success in consignment over the years. A charming and quaint afternoon tour!


Local tip! Stop in Hartfield & Co before leaving Paris. The only bourbon distillery in Bourbon Co since 1919, this craft operation is getting back to basics producing Kentucky bourbon. 

FRIDAY

BLACKWOOD STABLES   (Woodford County)  9:00 am 
A premier thoroughbred training, breaking and rehabilitation center, this one-of-a-kind tour allows guests to watch workouts at the olympic style training facility, preparing future racing stars. 


May we suggest…brunch at Wallace Station? Just a few miles from Blackwood and en route to I64 for your next tour, this local fave is one location of Top Chef Kentucky star Ouita Michel’s family of restaurants. 


HERMITAGE FARM  (Oldham County)  2:15pm  

Hermitage is a world-class equine operation tied to Oldham County, and Kentucky’s rich farming industry. Purchased in the 1800s as part of a land grant, Hermitage has been a working farm for nearly two centuries. Today broodmares, foals, and yearlings graze the land that has long been recognized as some of the most fertile and productive in Kentucky. Past Thoroughbred residents at Hermitage include a number of champions including Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks, and Breeders’ Cup winners, as well as more than 200 stakes winners. 

Local tip! Friday nights in Lexington’s Distillery District are always fun. Craft beer, bourbon, delicious food (pizza! ice cream!) — and always a fun atmosphere. 

SATURDAY

SAXONY FARM   (Fayette County)  9:00 am 
A boutique family run operation, Saxony Farm is a nursery in the business of raising thoroughbreds.  This owner-led experience is engaging and relaxed, with lots of opportunities to visit broodmares and foals, and hear about the family business – owners Broussard and Rosie are raising their own three girls on the farm now. 

May we suggest… shopping and lunch at the Summit at Fritz Farm, a mixed use development space with fast causal dining and local and national retailers alike!


KENTUCKY EQUINE ADOPTION CENTER  (Jessamine County)  1:30pm

The Kentucky Equine Adoption Center is an all-breed horse rescue nestled in the rolling hills of Jessamine County just south of Lexington. This interactive tour includes making treats for the horses and feeding them too – learn about the tireless work of finding a home for every horse they rescue. 

Local tip! Enjoy dinner downtown – Lexington’s culinary scene is exciting, interesting and there is truly something for every palette and budget!

Note: This itinerary is a suggestion only and is based on a sample of what tours may be available. Each Horse Country tour requires that guests be ticketed. Tickets are available for purchase at www.visithorsecountry.com or by calling 859-963-1004