Horse Farm Tours

 

WinStar Farm 

Address: 2605 Paynes Mill Road, Versailles, KY 

Web: www.winstarfarm.com 

Hours: Tours are given on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1:00 p.m. Tours lasts approximately one hour. Tours not available on weekends, holidays, Oaks day or Breeders' Cup days. Check in a stallion complex, not Winstar offices. No public restroom. Must arrive at 1:00 p.m. or a little before. Gates close at 1:05 p.m. 

Stallions: Tiznow (Hall of Fame Champion, 2-time Breeders' Cup Classic winner), Super Saver (Kentucky Derby winner), Distorted Humor (sire of winners of Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes), PioneeroftheNile (sire of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah)

Cost: $20 (adults), $11 (children under 12)

Book a Tour: https://visithorsecountry.com/farms/19254/tours/19085

Photo Credit: Winstar Farm

 

Three Chimneys Farm

Address: 1981 Old Frankfort Pike, Versailles, KY

Web: www.threechimneys.com 

Hours: Tours are only available in April and October. In April, tours are given on Tuesday through Saturday at 1:00 p.m. In October, tours are given on Tuesday through Saturday at 10:00 a.m.

Stallions: Palace Malice (Belmont Stakes winner), Will Take Charge (Champion 3-year-old, winner of Travers Stakes, 2nd in Breeders Cup Classic)

Cost: $20 (adults), $11 (children under 12)

Book a Tour: www.visithorsecountry.com 

 

Lane's End Farm

Address: 1500 Midway Road, Versailles, KY

Web: www.lanesend.com

Hours: Tours are given at 10:00 a.m. on select dates from AUGUST to NOVEMBER. Tours last approximately one hour. Check in a stallion complex (use stallion entrance FG-34), not Lane's End offices. No public restroom. 

Stallions: Mineshaft (Horse of the Year, Champion Older Horse, winner of $2.2 million), Tonalist (winner of Belmont Stakes, $3.6 million),  Union Rags (winner of Belmont Stakes, $1.7 million, #1 freshman sire by G1W), Quality Road (winner of Met Mile, Donn H., Woodward Stakes and $2.2 million)

Cost: $20 (adults), $11 (children under 12)

Book a Tour: www.visithorsecountry.com

 

Ashford Stud (Coolmore America)

Address: 5095 Frankfort Road, Versailles, KY

Web: www.coolmore.com/america

Hours: Tours are generally given on Mondays-Fridays at 3:00 p.m. during the breeding season (Feb.-June) and given at 2:30 p.m. during other months. Tours last approximately one hour. 

StallionsAmerican Pharoah (Triple Crown winner), Fusaichi Pegasus (Kentucky Derby winner), Giant's Causeway (Champion sire, 2nd in Breeders' Cup Classic), Uncle Mo (Champion 2yo).

Cost: $20 (adults), $11 (children 12 and under)

Book a Tour: https://visithorsecountry.com/farms/18801/tours/18256 or 859-963-1004

 

Gainesway Farm

Address: 3750 Paris Pike, Lexington, KY

Web: www.gainesway.com 

Hours: Tours are given at 12:30 p.m. on most Fridays. Tours last approximately one hour. No public restroom. 

StallionsTapit (Champion sire in 2014, 2015 and 2016; industry-leading $300,000 stud fee; sire of 21 G1 winners; sire of 20 years to bring more than $1 million at auction), Afleet Alex (winner of Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes, Champion 3yo), Birdstone (winner of Belmont Stakes and Travers Stakes, sire of Kentucky Derby winner Mine that Bird), Empire Maker (winner of Belmont Stakes, grandsire of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah)

Cost: $20 (Adults), $11 (children 12 and under)

Book a Tour: https://visithorsecountry.com/farms/19258/tours/19089

Pin Oak Stud

Address: 830 Grassy Springs Road, Versailles, KY

Web: www.pinoakstud.com

Hours: Tours days and times vary throughout the year. Check www.visithorsecountry.com for more information. 

Stallions: Former home of Champion 2yo Maria's Mon (who sired Kentucky Derby winners Monarchos and Super Saver), Sky Classic (Champion), Peaks and Valleys (Champion) . The farm currently stands Alternate, who won over $1 million on the racetrack, and Broken Vow, who was undefeated as a 3yo and won multiple grades stakes as a 4yo. 

Cost: $20 (Adults), $11 (children 12 and under)

Book a Tour: www.visithorsecountry.com

Photo credit: Pin Oak Stud

Adena Springs

Address: 701 Cane Ridge Road, Paris, KY

Web: www.adenastallions.com 

Hours: Subject to change. Tours are given at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays. Tours last approximately one hour. No public restroom. Must purchase tickets online, no walk-ups allowed. 

Stallions: Awesome Again (winner of Breeders Cup Classic), Ghostzapper (Hall of Famer, Horse of the Year, winner of Breeders Cup Classic), Macho Uno (winner of Breeders Cup Juvenile), Mucho Macho Man (winner of Breeders Cup Classic), Point of Entry (5-time G1 winner, winner of NY turf Triple Crown), Fort Larned (winner of Breeders Cup Classic), City Wolf, Capo Bastone. 

Cost: $20 (Adults), $11 (children 12 and under)

Book a Tour: https://eventgrid.com/Events/19087/visit-adena-springs

Photo credit: Cormac Breathnach

Darley at Jonabell

Address: 3333 Bowman Mill Road, Lexington, KY

Web: www.darleyamerica.com 

Hours:  Tours are given at 2:00 p.m. on select Thursdays. Tours last approximately one hour. Must purchase tickets online, no walk-ups allowed. 

Stallions: Animal Kingdom (winner of Kentucky Derby and Dubai World Cup), Bernardini (Champion 3yo, winner of Preakness Stakes), Medaglia d'Oro (2nd in Breeders Cup Classic and Dubai World Cup), Nyquist (Champion 2yo, winner of Kentucky Derby and Breeders Cup Juvenile), Street Sense (Champion 2yo, winner of Kentucky Derby and Breeders Cup Juvenile), Frosted (fastest-ever winner of G1 Met Mile, 2nd in Belmont Stakes, winner of Wood Memorial Stakes and Whitney Stakes). 

Cost: $20 (Adults), $11 (children 12 and under)

Book a Tour: https://visithorsecountry.com/farms/19257/tours/19088

Photo Credit: Darley America

Taylor Made Farm

Address: 2765 Union Mill Road, Nicholasville, KY

Web: www.taylormadeadvantage.com

Hours: Tours are given 7 days a week. Tours begin at 2:30 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays. tours are given at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Fridays. Tours are given at 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays. For more information on tours, email tours@taylormadesales.com. No public restroom. 

Stallions: California Chrome - Horse of the Year, winner of Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Dubai World Cup, winner of more than $13 million; Northern Afleet - by Afleet, sire of 30 Graded Stakes winners, 12 G1 winners, five champions, six millionaires; Astrology - 3rd in Preakness Stakes; Graydar - winner of the $500,000 Donn Handicap, son of Unbridled's Song; Mshawish - winner of more than $2 million; Not This Time - by Giant's Causeway, half-brother to Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile winner Liam's Map; Prontico - by Giant's Causeway, out of the A.P. Indy mare Alpha Spirit, a gour-time graded stakes winner.

Cost: $20 (Adults), $11 (children 12 and under)

Notes: Taylor Made is one of the only farm tours that shows visitors the full life cycle of the thoroughbred, including mares, foals and yearlings. The farm also has a gift shop that visitors can visit after the tour or online at shop.taylormadefarm.com

Book a Tour: https://visithorsecountry.com/farms/19262/tours/19093

Photo Credit: Taylor Made Farm

Claiborne Farm

Address: 703 Winchester Road, Paris, KY

Web: www.claibornefarm.com

Hours: Claiborne Farm offers three ways to tour the farm. 1) Guided walking tours are given 7 days a week at 10:00 a.m. and must be booked at the Horse Country website below. 2) Guided walking tours are also given 7 days a week at 11:00 a.m. and can be booked by calling (859) 987-2330  or emailing the farm at http://claibornefarm.com/contact/. 3) The farm offers a Runhappy Tour on Saturdays at Noon in which visitors can meet the Champion racehorse. For all tours, check in at Visitor Center at least 5 minutes below tour. Visit www.claibornefarm.com/visitors-page for select dates and holidays when tours are unavailable. 

Stallions: Runhappy (Champion, millionaire, finalist for Horse of the Year), Orb (winner of Kentucky Derby, winner of more than $2 million), War Front (sire of champions in UAE and Europe)

Cost: $20 (Adults), $11 (children 12 and under)

Book a Tour: https://visithorsecountry.com/farms/19230/tours/19050 or http://claibornefarm.com/contact/

Photo Credit: Claiborne Farm

 

Keeneland Race Course

Address: 4201 Versailles Road, Lexington, KY

Web: www.keeneland.com

Hours: Live racing is held in April and October. Auctions are held in January, September and November. Keeneland is open every day for fans to visit the grounds. Guided tours are held on select dates and begin at 8:30 a.m. (view "Book a Tour" link below for dates). 

Things to See: Keeneland Race Course, grandstand, paddock, track kitchen, beautifully manicured grounds, Keeneland Library, famous Keeneland auction facility. 

Cost: $8 - Guided Tour (free for children 12 and under).

Complimentary - Keeneland is open every day for fans to explore the history of the grounds on their own at no charge. Maps for self-guided tours can be found at http://www.keeneland.com/sites/default/files/shared/276051/WalkingTour%203-30-16%20FINAL.pdf

Book a Tour: http://www.keeneland.com/discover/tours

Kentucky Derby Museum

Address: Gate 1 of Churchill Downs at 700 Central Ave., Louisville, KY

Web: www.derbymuseum.org

Museum Hours: Summer Hours (March 15-November 30) Monday-Saturday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Winter Hours (December 1-March 14) Monday-Saturday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Museum Admission: Adults (15-64) $15, Seniors (65+) $14, Children (5-14) $8, Children (under 5) Free

Tours: Behind the Scenes Walking Tour - $11 + general admission - special access tour to exclusive areas of Churchill Downs - Mon.-Sat. at 10:00 a.m., Noon, and 2:00 p.m. Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

                 Historic Walking Tour - included with museum admission - daily at half past every hour during museum hours

                Barn & Backside Van Tour - $11 + general admission - one-hour guided van tour through the backside of the track - March 27-Nov. 30.

               Twilight Tour - $15 - March 15-Nov. 15 - 90-minute all-access pass to see the track at night. 

               Other tours include Golf Cart Tour ($99 or $225, March-Nov.), Horse and Haunts Tour ($15, times vary in October), Derby Season Tours (prices and times vary), Group Tours (prices and times vary). 

Book a Tour: https://www.derbymuseumstore.com/Events.aspx

Photo credit: Kentucky Derby Museum

Kentucky Horse Park

Address: 4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY

Webwww.kyhorsepark.com

Hours: Winter season (through March 14) - Wednesday - Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Closed on Monday and Tuesday. Summer season (March 15-Nov. 5) - open daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Things to SeeSummer Season: Hall of Champions ShowBreeds Barn Show, International Museum of the Horse, American Saddlebred Museum & Gift Shop/The Showplace for Saddlebreds, the Wheeler Museum (Monday-Friday with the hours of the United States Hunter Jumper Association), horse-drawn tour, horseback trail rides, pony rides, Show Jumping Hall of Fame, movie “Rein of Nobility,” Kentucky Horse Park Gift Shop, horse shows and special events throughout the year (most included with park admission or available with a nominal additional admission fee).

Things to SeeWinter SeasonInternational Museum of the Horse, American Saddlebred Museum & Gift Shop/The Showplace for Saddlebreds, the Wheeler Museum (Monday-Friday with the hours of the United States Hunter Jumper Association), Show Jumping Hall of Fame, movie “Rein of Nobility,” Kentucky Horse Park Gift Shop,  horse shows and special events throughout the year (most included with park admission or available with a nominal additional admission fee).

Cost: Winter Season (through March 14) - Adults $12, Children (6yo to 12yo) $6, Children (5yo and under) free; Summer Season (March 15-Nov. 5) - Adults $20, Children (6yo to 12yo) $10, Children (5yo and under) free. Parking -$5. 

Photo Credit: Kentucky Horse Park

 

Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm

Address: 1841 Paynes Depot Road, Georgetown, KY

Web: www.oldfriendsequine.org

Hours: Old Friends offers guided walking tours daily at 10 am, 1 pm and 3 pm, March 15 - November 15, and at 11 am daily during winter hours. The gift shop is open from 9:30 -4 daily. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Limited schedule on High Holy days, such as Kentucky Derby Day and Breeders' Cup. 

Cost: $10 (Adults), $5 (children 6-12)  Free (age 5 and under)

Horses of Note: Kentucky Derby winners Silver Charm (1997) and War Emblem (2002); Belmont Stakes winners Touch Gold (1997) and Sarava (2002); Breeders' Cup Classic winner Alphabet Soup; Multiple graded stakes winner Game on Dude, and many others

Book a Tour: Visit www.oldfriendsequine.org and click BOOK TOUR. You can also reserve by phone: (502) 863-1775

Photo credit: War Emblem by Laura Battles/Old Friends