Lexington Kentucky is known for it’s horse races. Experience the Keeneland racetrack which is an alternative to the popular Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville. Tim Leffel, writer for GoNOMAD.com, writes about his entertaining visit to Lexington in his article; Lexington, Kentucky: Where Bourbon, Betting and Breeding Are a Family Affair.
“Kentucky is the land of great bourbon and great horse breeding. This time it really is “something in the water.” The limestone in the soil and the spring water makes for good horses and good whiskey. You can experience both at Keeneland race track, and do some betting to give you a reason to cheer and shout.
Keeneland is set up well for family budgets. General admission is three bucks and parking is free. You can feed everyone and buy some drinks without taking out a second mortgage — unlike the scene at the average professional sporting event. Of course if you want to you can go plenty upscale. There are fancy restaurants, reserved box seats filled by ladies with fancy hats, betting windows that will take very large wagers and lots of great small-batch bourbon on offer. But spending a wad is an option rather than a requirement.
To get a more intimate view of thoroughbreds and the life they lead, take a tour to a working horse farm. Terre Crider of Tours of Tradition took us to one of the greats: Claiborne Farm. This is where Bold Ruler sired Secretariat and where both are now buried. The farm has produced six of the eleven Triple Crown winners and if visitors are lucky they’ll see former Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos, who is a popular stud.”