A little holiday inspiration. Tag someone to drop a hint.Read More
Now that we have recovered from the holiday weekend and the madness that is Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we are so pleased to wish everyone a happy and generous #GivingTuesday! Today is a global day of giving fueled by social media and kicks off the charitable season when many focus on gift giving and donations. Last year, the movement generated over $168 million in donations and they are on course to exceed that number! Will you be part of the movement?.Read More
The 34th running of the Breeder's Cup will not be one to miss. This international field of unparalleled depth cultivates two of the most exciting days of thoroughbred racing beginning tomorrow, November 3. The world's top horses will go nose to nose in 13 different races and this year we are up to our withers in greatness with 129 Horse Country connections (possibly even more!) We won't overload you by listing every single one but you can follow our members on social media and celebrate each victory with us!
What is a connection exactly? Let's break it down using the Breeder's Cup Classic as an example.
Breeder's Cup Classic:
Taylor Made Farm was the home of Unbridled's Song who is Arrogate's sire
2. War Decree
Claiborne Farm is home to War Front who is the sire of War Decree
3. Win The Space
Win The Space was bred by Spendthrift. This is also the home of his dam, Teamgeist. She also once lived at Three Chimneys. His sire, Pulpit, stands at Claiborne Farm.
4. War Story
Northern Afleet, War Story's sire, stands at Taylor Made. Belle Waiting, his dam, lives at Brookdale
5. Gun Runner
Gun Runner is owned by Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC and Three Chimney's. His sire, Candy Ride, stands at Lane's End
Mubtaanij is owned by Godolphin
8. West Coast
West Coast's sire, Flatter, stands at Claiborne. His dam, Caressing, lives at Airdrie Stud
Was sired by Dialed In who stands at Darby Dan
Pavel was bred by WinStar Farm and was sired by Creative Cause who stands at Airdrie Stud. These two Horse Country members are co-owners of Pavel's dam, Mons Venus.
Collected was bred by Runnymede Farm which is also the home of his dam, Pavel. His sire, City Zip, stood at Lane's End.
10 of the last 20 Classic winners have all been connected to Horse Country members. Will we have another to add to the roster? Tune in this Friday and Saturday to NBC Sports to watch the excitement unfold!
2016 Breeder's Cup Classic
It's one thing to hear about the legend of the great Man O'War, but it is an entirely different experience to actually see where he stood at stud. After participating on the Friday tour, there are some key takeaways to look out for if you plan on going to the November 1st special tour- and you should!
- The magnificent barn and stunning stall, in which Man O'War lived out his stud career has been fully restored to all of its glory by the current owners Greg and Becky Goodman. This is certainly a site to see, just ask the guests from out first tour who were gasping at how colossal the stall is in person!
- After the tour at Mt. Brilliant is concluded, a must-do back at the Kentucky Horse Park is to talk to a gentlemen by the name of Gene Carter. This 90 year old horsemen was the last person to ever ride Man O'War, and he has some of the most fascinating stories for all horse lovers!
- Finally, after a beautiful morning at Mt. Brilliant, make your way to the resting place of Man O'War. His remains were moved here during the mid 1970's. He is now buried in a place of honor near the entrance of the Horse Park marked by Herbert Haseltine's beautiful Man O'War statue.
Book your spot now before it fills up!
Are you ready for the mostest tour that ever was?! Horse Country, Mt. Brilliant Farm, and The Kentucky Horse Park have partnered to offer an exclusive experience celebrating the great racehorse, Man o’ War! Before the tours, here are a few things you should know about the Mostest Horse That Ever Was.
1. Man o' War only lost 1 of his 21 races.
2. He won one race by an incredible 100 lengths.
3. He ate 12 quarts of oats every day, or about three quarts more than the average racehorse.
4. His stride measured an incredible 25 to 28 feet.
5. His debut, in a five-furlough maiden race against six other 2-year-olds at Belmont, was no contest. The jockey, Johnny Loftus, tightened the reins at the stretch, slowing Man o' War to a virtual canter. But the horse still won by six lengths.
6. Following his debut, Man o' War won three stakes races, at three different New York tracks, in the next 17 days.
7. Man o' War's last race was against Sir Barton, who in 1919 had become the first to win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont.
8. When he retired, he held five American records at different distances and had earned more money than any thoroughbred.
9. In 1921, a Texas oil millionaire, William Waggoner, offered $500,000 for Man o' War. Samuel Riddle (Man o' War's owner) turned him down. He did again when Waggoner increased his offer to $1 million, and then offered a blank check. "The colt is not for sale," Riddle said.
Man o' War is on of the most celebrated thoroughbreds and athletes in racing and we are so pleased to offer this experience for fans!
The tour begins and ends at the Kentucky Horse Park, and includes transportation to and from Mt. Brilliant Farm, where Man o' War stood stud. At the conclusion of the tour, you are encouraged to visit the Horse Park's various attractions, including the commemorative exhibit The Mostest Horse That Ever Was in the International Museum of the Horse.
This exclusive opportunity is only happening twice this fall so don't miss your chance to visit the home of on of the most famous thoroughbreds to ever grace the Bluegrass!
It’s giveaway time! You’re invited on a social scavenger hunt in the Bluegrass!
Our friends at 21c Lexington have let the iconic Blue Penguin out for a Horse Country field trip and it’s your job to guess where he will pop up!
Every day Monday Oct, 2 - Friday, Oct 6 we will post on Facebook + Instagram from a different Horse Country location with clues about the penguin’s whereabouts. Simply ‘like’ the post and guess the location in the comments section. For every correct guess submitted through the week, you’ll be entered to win a weekend in Lexington hosted by Horse Country, 21c, and Keeneland! If you guess all six locations correctly, you will get an extra entry in the drawing!
You only have to like the post and guess on ONE social platform – so choose your favorite and guess away!
The contest will run from Monday, October 2 – Friday, October 6, with a Penguin appearance and clues at a different Horse Country location each day.
A winner will be randomly drawn on Monday, October 9 and announced on social media. The winner will receive:
· The Kentucky Bred package at 21c on Friday, October 27, including breakfast at Lockbox on October 28
· Two tickets to a tour at Taylor Made Farm on Saturday, October 28
· Lunch at Daddy Joe’s following the tour
· 4 General Admission tickets to Keeneland
· And more!
Good luck and have fun!
Hosted by America's Best Racing, Horse Country, Visit LEX
Here at Horse Country, we are always excited to bring fans new opportunities to visit the beautiful Bluegrass State and experience everything we have to offer. So it should come as no surprise that we are bursting to share the most recent bit of news! America's Best Racing, Horse Country and Visit LEX are beyond proud to present the 2018 LEXtravaganza Giveaway! One lucky winner and a guest will win an all-expenses paid Kentucky getaway from April 12-15, 2018!
With accommodations from 21c, a VIP Horse Country Tour Experience, a VIP Tour at Woodford Reserve, and race day hospitality at the Keeneland Spring Meet, it is hard to believe it can get any better better... until it does! Meals will be provided, including restaurants of local favorite chef Ouita Michel! And you'll look the part with a private (yes, private!) $1,000 shopping experience at Ariat International’s new Lexington brand shop at The Summit at Fritz Farm, a complete outfit courtesy of Bill's Khakis and two head pieces courtesy of Christine A Moore Millinery!
The sweepstakes officially opens today, Sept. 12, and entries will be accepted until Nov. 7, when the winner will be selected. You can enter for your chance to win HERE! You don't want to let this chance pass you by!
It's September and in Kentucky that means football, fall foliage, and Thoroughbred Sales!
Sales season kicks off this weekend with the Fasig-Tipton Turf Showcase Sunday, September 10, followed by the Keeneland September Yearling Sale that runs September 11-23.
Did you know these sales are open to the public? Even if you can't make one of our Horse Country - Keeneland Sales Tours, you are welcome to visit at any point in the sale. You never know what next great champ you see pass through the sales ring!
New to the sales world and culture? No problem! We've compiled a quick list of some of the most common lingo you may hear through the sales. A review of this and you'll be talking like an industry insider in no time!Read More
Horse Country, in partnership with Keeneland, is pleased to offer guests an opportunity to experience an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the world’s leading Thoroughbred auction house including dedicated guided tour time with real consignors and agents! You can't get this access anywhere else! Be sure to book your visit before this unique opportunity is sold out!
If you've never experienced a thoroughbred sale, here are just a few things you might see behind the scenes!
1. The Inside Scoop
In addition to guided visits throughout the grounds including the Keeneland Grandstand, picturesque Paddock, world-renowned Keeneland Sales Pavilion complex - where some of Thoroughbred racing’s greatest horses have been sold - you'll actually get to see what the professionals look for and experience the thrill of the sale from the insider's perspective! Horse Country members Darby Dan, Mill Ridge, and Taylor Made will offer a special portion of the tour from consignor and agent perspectives!
2. Future Champions
The Keeneland September Sale has produced more graded stakes winners than all other sales combined. Some of the most incredible thoroughbreds have stepped foot (or hoof) into that hallowed sales ring. As a matter of fact, during the past decade, Keeneland graduates have accounted for more than half of all winners of the Triple Crown classic races!
3. Familiar Faces
The Keeneland September Sale brings in, not only impressive horses, but some very notable industry members. The industry's most established breeders, trainers, and medical professionals can be found on Keeneland's ground during these hectic two weeks. But remember that these folks are here to get things done, so be sure to give them their space.
4. History Making Moments
During the two weeks in September, the Keeneland Sales Pavilion is electric with the movement and procurement of some of racing's future stars. From the moment the yearling steps into the sales ring to the moment he leaves, potentially million dollar decisions are made. In 2006, one yearling sold for $11.7 million. The year before, a colt went for $9.7 million. It is something you really have to experience for yourself.
Happy Travers Stakes weekend! Some may know this race as the mid-summer Derby or the highlight of the summer race meet at Saratoga, but we know it as great racing- especially this year!Read More
We are on the eve of our adventures at Saratoga Race Course and it has inspired to do some digging into the history and stories of one of the oldest race tracks in America. After scanning through countless industry pubs and the official Saratoga website, we found a few that we just had to share!
1. The term "upset", meaning an unexpected defeat of an opponent that's considered to be more formidable, was coined at Saratoga. Man o' War went into the Sanford Stakes in 1919 undefeated and lost to a horse named Upset.
2. Saratoga also holds the ominous nickname "Graveyard of Champions" because of the many upsets that too place on the track Man o' War and Triple Crown winners Gallant Fox and American Pharoah were all defeated at Saratoga.
3. Films such as "Seabiscuit," and "The Horse Whisperer"have scenes filmed at Saratoga. A scene in Ian Fleming's James Bond novel, "Diamonds are Forever," features a scene at the Saratoga Race Course as well!
4. In 1941, Whirlaway became the only Triple Crown winner to also win the Travers, even to this day.
5. August 2, 1864: Kentucky wins the first Travers Stakes, the first race held on the new Saratoga Race Course
6. “Health, History, Horses” is the well-known slogan for Saratoga Springs.
7. The current track record for The Whitney is held by Lawyer Ron with a time of 1:46.64 from the 2007 race.
It is our great pleasure to introduce Shuttle Tours at the wonderful WinStar Farm!
This new experience includes the hour long tour of the WinStar stallion complex - but doesn't end there! As a guest, you will aboard a brand new electric shuttle that will take you through the mares & foals division of the farm, while your guide shares more history of the property, the business, and day-to-day operations.
These new tours are available Wednesdays and Saturdays (March-October) at 11:30am and are approximately two hours in length. Get ready for a very special experience with unique photo ops and a behind the scenes peek into this amazing location!
Book your tour now!
The day had finally come…it was time to head to Lexington for one of my favorite times of the year, Keeneland opening weekend. I spent most of my Friday afternoon taking in all of the racing action at opening day of Keeneland, and planned to do the same on Saturday.Early Saturday morning I just couldn’t resist the urge any longer and hopped on Horse Country to book an early morning visit to a farm. After doing some research, I decided to visit Saxony Farm.Read More
Whenever I think of Runnymede Farm, I think of the word passion. Passion for their clients, and passion for their horses.Spend one minute talking with Chief Executive Officer of Runnymede, Brutus Clay, and you will see the passion first-hand.Read More
I can remember it like it was yesterday. It was a brisk Kentucky morning in late-December and we pulled up to a picturesque farm with black fences and horses as far as the eye could see. Little did I know that a trip to the breeding shed, and a 2013 Kentucky Derby winner jumping and playing like a colt in his paddock would ignite a new passion in my life.Read More
You've heard of Equestricon, right?! No? Allow us to introduce you in their own words:
"As soon as you register for Equestricon™ 2017, you have punched your ticket to an unprecedented event in racing history. Never before has a racing convention in the United States brought together people from all corners of the industry, putting them face to face with the families, fans and bettors who enjoy the game all year-round."
That's right: this inaugural event is connecting fans, industry leaders, jockeys, representatives, media, owners, breeders, trainers - and yes, even Horse Country and nine of our members! - in a meaningful way for three full days of networking, panels, breakout sessions and more.
Sunday, August 13 - Tuesday, August 15 horse racing is making history again. This time, it's all in the name of fandom and the future of our sport and we would truly love to see you there - registration is open now!
We'll see you in Saratoga!
Your Kentucky summer bucket list is waiting! It is the perfect time to celebrate all things Bluegrass!Read More
Greetings and happy July from Central Kentucky! It’s hard to believe June has come and gone and we are celebrating July 4th already!Read More
It is summertime in Kentucky and the newest crop of foals have begun to stretch their legs and show off their racing genes in their paddocks. As the young ones learn to venture away from mom, some of our favorite stallions are going to travel just a little farther- like to the Southern Hemisphere!Read More
Helloooooo Summer! We are so glad you are here! And with this new season, we are pleased to bring you, the fans, a new item to add to your summer bucket list- a visit to Stonestreet Farm! That's right! Starting July 14, the wonderful humans and horses of Stonestreet are opening their gates to welcome guests who want to meet their thoroughbreds and learn more about this unique organization.Read More