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“Good Education ”

The Thoroughbred Center
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US$15.00*
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Behind the Scenes Thoroughbred Tour
Ranked #4 of 91 things to do in Lexington
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Thoroughbred Center is nestled among some of the most lavish horse farms in Lexington, KY. Our tour offers a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the daily care and training of Thoroughbred Race Horses. During the tour you will get to watch morning workouts, see horses up close at track side, in the paddocks and barns, and visit with professionals who will answer questions. Learn how Thoroughbreds are trained for racing and experience a typical day in the life of a racehorse. Come to The Thoroughbred Center to learn why and how Central Kentucky came to be the Horse Capital of the World! Tours run ONCE each day and last approximately 90 minutes. Self-guided tours are not permitted. Tour space is limited. April 1 – October 31 Monday – Saturday: 9 am Reservations are Recommended November 1 – March 31 Monday – Friday: 9 am Reservations and a 4-person minimum are Required
Reviewed 3 May 2018 via mobile

Annette was a wonderful guide at the Thoroughbred Center. After arriving, we stood by the track and watch the trainers ride the horses. We then visited with a trainer who answered any and all questions about the horse racing industry. It was a great education for people who are new to the sport. There is about 30 minutes of standing involved so just know that when planning your visit. We were there about two hours.

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Reviewed 2 May 2018 via mobile

For a novice this was most informative. Annette was a cheerful , extremely knowledgeable tour guide. Seeing the riders train the thoroughbreds was exciting. Horses were exquisite The colorful trainer of Tell a Little Secret was hilarious and could have his own comedy show. It did require standing for long period. You need to allow several hours to tour.

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Reviewed 26 April 2018

While the tour guide was very nice, she was not very knowledgeable and struggled with presenting information. Since it was very rainy, we watched the horses train from the shuttle bus for a short bit. The highlight was being able to go inside one of the old barns to get up close and personal with some of the horses and visit with an owner. The tour is a good way to learn about what happens with the horses as they 'begin' a racing career.

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Reviewed 25 April 2018

We took our 4H horse club on this tour. The kids loved it and the guide was very informative. I would recommend it to anyone looking to know more about horse racing and the thoroughbred industry.

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Reviewed 20 April 2018

It was extremely cold/windy day for April (temp in the 30s) but even with that, we had a great time on the tour! We arrived early, as suggested, but waited inside due to the cold. We broused the Tack Shop next to the main building and even got a peak inside the old horse auction theater. Amazing how horse sales have changed! It was just my husband and I but we joined about 10 others, boarding a shuttle bus to bring us to the track/stable area. We drove by the huge original barn as our wonderful guide shared information. You could tell she had been in the business for a long time and had a ton of information. So this was no ordinary "memorized speech" - she was talking from experience and was willing to field any questions we had! After the short drive to the track, we got out of the bus and stood at the rail and watched many horses on the track. A couple stopped by so tour members could visit and pet their horses. This was definitely a tour for any person - horse lovers/owners or anyone interested in racing! After we had all gotten our fill at the track (and the cold), we got back in the toasty bus to drive back to the starting gate area, which we viewed from the bus, seeing a couple young horses working the gate, then on to the barn. We unloaded again and got to walk throught the barn and see the horses and stalls. From there, we drove by one last building which was actually a school to train workers of all levels - grooms, jockeys and trainers. You could actually earn your Associates degree there! Sorry for the long review but I wanted to share all the details - SO WORTH THE STOP! Excellent tour for a rock bottom price! Don't skip this one!

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ttcevents, Manager at The Thoroughbred Center, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2018

Thank you, Penny, for such a detailed and thoughtful review! We appreciate your kind words and are happy to hear you enjoyed your experience. We hope you're able to return on a warmer day!

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