Thursday, May 4, 2017

Kentucky: Day 1 & 2

I've been busy playing "catch up" in real life and haven't had a chance to post about my awesome Kentucky adventures. We flew in to the Cincinnati airport on Monday (the 24th), arriving at our condo at around 12am Tuesday morning. A short night later and we were up for a 9am tour of Rood and Riddle. My friend and I both work at a vet school so we were excited to check out a different facility. The facility and the magnitude of the work they perform is pretty amazing however our tour was not. Apparently they had a mix up and thought they had a tour at 11am, not 9am. After looking at our tickets they said our tour guide was on her way. As they were figuring this out 6 more people showed up for their 9am tour. Oops! The tour guide was pretty boring and the tour drug on and on, with it ending at almost 11am (and it was supposed to be an hour). The rest of Tuesday was spent looking around Lexington.

Number 7 of 24 barns
Thoroughbred Park in Lexington

Ice cream at Crank and Boom - we were assured this was the best ice cream ever.
Ramsey's for dinner - this was recommended to us by someone who used to live in Lexington
Wednesday we made our way to Keenland for breakfast at the Track Kitchen and to watch the horses work. That was a definite trip highlight and something I would do again. The weather was lovely and we were able to stand right at the edge of the track, watching all of the beautiful thoroughbreds go by. I was impressed by the lack of shenanigans and everyone was super friendly.




Once we were done there we had an 11am tour of WinStar Farms. This is the home of Pioneer of the Nile (American Pharoah's sire) and also Tiznow (sire of Susan's horse Knight). It was a lovely facility and it was fun to hear about their operation. The stallions are turned out every day from 2pm-7am (except for Pioneer of the Nile who lives outside 24x7 due to allergies) and some of them are ridden too. WinStar also has a training portion of their operation. They swim their young horses (maybe yearlings) as a way to get them fit and build muscle. It was a fun tour, with an engaging tour guide.



The handsome Tiznow
Once done with the tour we headed to the Kentucky Horse Park to scout it out and also to watch the trot ups. I thoroughly enjoyed taking in the Kentucky Horse Park for the first time and watching all of the beautiful horses that were presented for Rolex.

We made it!





Dinner at Wallace Station - another recommendation we received.
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13 comments:

  1. I'm pretty certain that I ate at Ramsey's when I was in Lexington for the National Dressage Pony Cup a few years ago! Their Sangria was amazing :) Looks like you guys had an amazing time :)

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  2. Ooooh so cool that you went on so many tours! I didn't have the chance to do much when I was there (tho we did a little exploring and keeneland) but would love to do more next time!

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  3. Didn't realize there were four of you until this post! Our favorite Lexington restaurant was Alfalfa's; SO GOOD! (Also one of the few places offering vegetarian options.) We loved Keenland, too, and got to watch part of the fall bloodstock sale. Our visits to the big vet clinics (R&R, Hagyard) were very different since Rick's a vet; sorry your tour was a dud. :-/

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    1. Hmmm...we missed that one! I bet the bloodstock sale was amazing.

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  4. Haha we didn't think of tours until like the week before and then strangely it was all sold out. :p Oops. You guys did so many things!

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    1. If we were going to fly all the way out there I wanted to do as much as possible. :)

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  5. Wallace station is soooo good. Sorry we didn't get to meet you.

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    1. It was good and I'm bummed I missed you as well!

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  6. So much fun - I'm jealous.

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  7. So far behind on blogs- but this looks amazing!

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