Life in Kentucky revolves around the horse and in particular the
thoroughbred horse. Many of the great horses in history have been bred,
born and raised in Kentucky. Great names like Secretariat,
Seabiscuit, Alydar, Fusaichi Pegasus, Zenyatta, Seattle Slew and the
list goes on and on. If Kentucky is
the state for horses, then most certainly, Lexington is the horse
capital. With the bulk of
located in this tranquil and picturesque location.
The first Saturday in May, all the world stops for 2 minutes, to watch in awe as the Kentucky Derby is run in Louisville. The Derby, known as the run for the roses (because the winner receives a blanket of roses) . The Kentucky Derby is one, if not thee, most important race in the entire world. In fact the grand majority of Kentucky Derby winners, have themselves, been bred in Kentucky.
The Kentucky derby is also a gamblers paradise, with total bets routinely exceeding $100 million dollars, for this single race.
Before the Derby, when the horses enter the track (post parade) , it is traditional to sing My Old Kentucky Home. Which is a famous anthem written by Stephen C. Foster.
The day before the Derby is ladies day at Churchill Downs, thats because the running of the Kentucky Oaks is a race that is only for the fillies (female horses). It's a tradition here in Louisville that has only gotten more popular each year. Many people like to come it in pink to support the ladies on Oaks Day.
Kentucky offers horse racing nearly year round at a range of beautiful horse tracks. If you are on vacation take a day to relax and catch a couple of races. Kentucky offers some of the finest horse racing in the world. As well as some majestic scenery surrounding the racetracks. Kentucky Blue Grass where it all begins. Feel the love for the horse in Kentucky.
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Runhorse.com - Popular horse racing website. Horse racing network offering free horse e-mail, horse racing message boards, articles, handicapping, results, free Kentucky horse tips.
Kentucky Horse Park - The Kentucky Horse Park is an equine themed park and competition facility dedicated to man's relationship with the horse. http://www.kyhorsepark.com/
Kentucky Horse Council - The Kentucky Horse Council is the result of
a grassroots effort to combine the voices and interests of all horsemen,
in order for horsemen to band together in support of all horse breeds
and all disciplines in the state of Kentucky.
Kentucky Horse Racing Authority - The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority was created and established as an independent agency of state government charged with the responsibility of regulating the conduct of horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering on horse racing and related activities within the Commonwealth of Kentucky.