No visit to Horse Country is complete without a stop at racing’s most hallowed grounds, Churchill Downs. Located a short five mile trot from 21c Museum Hotel, the Twin Spires of this Louisville landmark are home to racing’s finest. Each May since 1875, the Kentucky Derby – and the two-week Kentucky Derby Festival – draw hundreds of thousands of horse lovers to witness the first jewel in the Triple Crown. If you can’t make it to “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports,” don’t fret: Churchill Downs welcomes race enthusiasts year-round, with live racing meets each spring and fall, and simulcast wagering and daily guided tours.
Located on 700 pristine acres in the heart of Kentucky, Hermitage Farm is home to a renowned Thoroughbred operation, a unique Sport Horse training facility, and an elegant setting for special events and weddings at the historic Main House.
Keeneland Race Course, a National Historic Landmark outside of Lexington, Kentucky, is home to the most prestigious horse sales in the world. From the burgoo to the bugle call to the Bourbon, Keeneland showcases the art of hospitality, merging authentic Southern elegance with the excitement of horse racing. Live racing is offered for three weeks in April and three weeks in October, but visitors are welcome year-round.
Kentucky Horse Park
Another pit stop in Lexington is the Kentucky Horse Park, site of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2010. The park hosts nearly 100 equine events and competitions each year, including the annual Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. Hop on horseback and trot around the 1,200-acre property, or explore man’s relationship with the horse at the International Museum of the Horse.