One Tank Trips: Bluegrass Horse Tour

By: Courtney Lassiter Email
By: Courtney Lassiter Email

If you're looking for a close encounter with horses, this One Tank Trip is for you.

Five different companies provide tours of thoroughbred operations in the Lexington area.

We used Horse Farm Tours because owner and tour guide Margaret Woods is a story in her own right.

"Y'all ready for some horsin' around?" Woods knows her history. ""The first horses came to this area in 1779."

Woods started her business more than 20 years ago. She starts each tour with a taste of Lexington's historic downtown.

"This is where Lincoln observed his first slave being sold - right here," Woods pointed out as we headed to Keeneland.

"Calumet took bankruptcy in 1991. The farm was anywhere from $120 to $1180 million in the hole," Woods explained. "Now Keeneland only has two race meets a year - three weeks in the spring and three weeks in the fall. They use 16,000 tons of poly track."

From Keeneland it's off to The Windstar Farm with it's impressive list of thoroughbred stars.

"Distorted Humor is the Big Man on the farm," Woods said. "He was the sire of 2003 Kentucky Derby Winner Funny Cide. This is Bluegrass Cat. He was the runner up in the Derby last year. His stud fee is $50,000 which is high for a freshman sire."

The tour lasts about three hours and by the time it is over you'll know everything you ever wanted to know about Bluegrass horse farms.

The second stop on the tour was to the Donamire Farm. The Lexington Convention and Business Center can provide contact numbers for other tour companies and information on the farms - click here for that information.

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