Day 20 - Louisville & Lexington - Kentucky

Trip Start Oct 13, 2012
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Thursday, November 1, 2012

And they're off!

That's right it was a day of racing today, so mum this entry is all for you.

We started our morning in the jockey's and trainer's breakfast room at the home of the Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs. The breakfast room is right on the edge of the track where you can watch the horses getting their morning workouts. It's a real birdseye view, right smack bang on the track.

Then it was time for a walk around the stables where I met one of the trainers, Bobby Barrett, who was nice enough to stop and pose for a pic for me. Thanks Bobby.

And from there it was off to the Churchill Downs Museum to see all the fabulous trophies and walls of winners. They show a quick film about the Kentucky Derby in an incredible oval auditorium where the film rotates around the oval above your head. The sound comes from all directions and you spin and turn on small stools to watch the footage above you, the whole thing seems to envelop you and makes it a really special and unique experience.

I was quite happy to be part of a tour today as I had a mint julep with my lunch (bourbon and mint syrup) and despite finally being warm for the first time that day I was also a quite a bit tipsy and needed a little sit down (they free pour their spirits here so all their mixed drinks are quite strong).

They say Kentucky's largest industry is thoroughbreds and their second largest is bourbon, so I combined the two, I was just being supportive :)

After a nice little sit down for a bit it was off the bus to tour one of the working horse farms in Lexington. Despite the races being in Louisville, all the horse farms are in Lexington. The farm we visited was called Darby Dan, which is where they filmed Secretariat. They picked this farm instead of the actual farm (Clayburn in Paris Kentucky) because of the fences. Clayburn has black fences, Darby Dan has white fences, and the studio thought the white fences looked better on the screen, so Darby Dan it was.

A very horsey day, all very Kentucky, what a lovely state.

(Plus it was a great place for me to wear my new cowboy hat, not quite as glam as a Kentucky Derby fashions of the field hat, but I was still right at home in it anyway ;) )
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Suzanne on

Wow, thank you my darling for this one. What a marvelous day. I love the sound of the viewing room to wathch the race, sounds amazing. Breakfast with the Stars no less!
We have Melbourne Cup on today andof course the equine unit is hosting the day with our usual decorations, sweeps and plenty of bubbly (not really allowed at the college but we smugglw it in. What would cup day be without a little bubbles)
I am going to ladies day at Hawkesbury on Thursday so big week of racing for us.
Dropped 'the family' off at the airport yesterday, all 9 of them, what a morning!
Can't wait to see you , not long now.

Love Mum

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