June 30, 2016

Derby Day #3

11:55 a.m.
© Charleen Boudreau

1:55 p.m.
© Charleen Boudreau
The seats slowly filled up throughout the day.

June 29, 2016

Derby Day #2

Derby Day #2
In the Paddock
Louisville, Kentucky
© Charleen Boudreau
A big thank you to my sister and her cell phone camera for these photos. My point & shoot model died on the way to the races.

June 28, 2016

Derby Day #1

Derby Day #1
Rose Blanket
Louisville, Kentucky

© Charleen Boudreau
The blanket of roses that would be draped over the winning horse is preserved under glass and military guard.

June 27, 2016

Buffalo Trace Distillery #8

Buffalo Trace Distillery #8
Frankfort, Kentucky
A display of the variety of products distilled here. Tour participants could sample up to two different whiskeys.

June 26, 2016

Buffalo Trace Distillery #7

Blanton's Unique Stoppers
Buffalo Trace Distillery #7
Frankfort, Kentucky
Blanton's single barrel bourbon is one of the brands distilled at Buffalo Trace. A total of seven different jockeys and horses, one for each letter in the name, make up the metal top on the cork. Bourbon drinkers who collect all seven stoppers can then proudly display them in order on a barrel stave. I won the stopper for the last "N" in the name in a trivia contest on the tour bus.

June 25, 2016

Buffalo Trace Distillery #6

Buffalo Trace Distillery #6
Frankfort, Kentucky
Barrels being made by coopers and stored for future use.

June 24, 2016

Buffalo Trace Distillery #5

Buffalo Trace Distillery #5
Frankfort, Kentucky
Casks lose some liquid due to evaporation, even though they don't leak. The distillers refer to this as the "angels' share" and it contributes to the aroma in the warehouses.

June 23, 2016

Buffalo Trace Distillery #4

Buffalo Trace Distillery #4
Frankfort, Kentucky
The oak barrels in which the whiskey ages are used only once before being "recycled" to other distilleries around the world.

June 22, 2016

Buffalo Trace Distillery #3

Buffalo Trace Distillery
Frankfort, Kentucky
The distillery is located on the banks of the Kentucky River, ostensibly at the site of a buffalo (bison) crossing, and has gone by many names in its history. "O.F.C" stands for "Old Fire Company".

June 21, 2016

Buffalo Trace Distillery #2

Buffalo Trace Distillery #2
Frankfort, Kentucky
Our tour guide explaining the process of making whiskey and how storage of the casks affects the final product.

June 20, 2016

Buffalo Trace Distillery #1

Buffalo Trace Distillery #1
Frankfort, Kentucky
If Kentucky's number one "export" is Thoroughbred race horses, then Kentucky whiskey or bourbon is number two. We took a tour of this distillery on the second day.

June 19, 2016

Glen Willis House

Glen Willis House
Frankfurt, Kentucky
We enjoyed a picnic bar-b-qu in the backyard of the historic Glen Willis House, built in 1815 on the banks of the Kentucky River.

June 18, 2016

Kentucky Horse Farms #14

Kentucky Horse Farms #14
Lexington, Kentucky

Common sight in Bluegrass country!

June 17, 2016

Kentucky Horse Farms #13

Kentucky Horse Farms #13
Darby Dan Farms
Lexington, Kentucky
No horse barn is complete without at least one resident cat. This one was very friendly, walking through the crowd and receiving pets.

June 16, 2016

Kentucky Horse Farms #12

Kentucky Horse Farms #12
Shackleford
Darby Dan Farms
Lexington, Kentucky
A regal pose to end the visit!

June 15, 2016

Kentucky Horse Farms #11

Kentucky Horse Farms #11
Shackleford
Darby Dan Farms
Lexington, Kentucky
Shackleford loves peppermints!

June 14, 2016

Kentucky Horse Farms #10

Kentucky Horse Farms #10
Shackleford
Darby Dan Farms
Lexington, Kentucky
Despite all the people petting him, having their pictures taken with him and surrounding him on all four sides, Shackleford remained calm and patient as the farm manager tells visitors about the breeding operation.

June 13, 2016

Kentucky Horse Farms #9

Kentucky Horse Farms #9
Shackleford
Darby Dan Farms
Lexington, Kentucky
At Darby Dan Farm we got up close and personal with Shackleford, a beautiful chestnut Thoroughbred stallion who won the 2011 Preakness Stakes. Winning horses are more valuable at stud than racing (with stud fees ranging into the hundreds of thousands of dollars), so they are frequently retired young. Shackleford was retired in 2012.

June 12, 2016

Kentucky Horse Farms #8

Kentucky Horse Farms #8
Darby Dan Farm
Lexington, Kentucky
E.R. Bradley was the original owner of the Lexington property. These photos and winning cups were on display in the house.

June 11, 2016

Kentucky Horse Farms #7

Kentucky Horse Farms #7
Darby Dan Farm
Lexington, Kentucky

The following day we toured Darby Dan Farm, made famous for being the location for outdoor shots in the movie Secretariat.

June 10, 2016

Kentucky Horse Farms #6

Kentucky Horse Farms #6
Three Chimneys Farm
Lexington, Kentucky
Not all stallions are given a full-body burial and a monument commemorating their lives. But Seattle Slew deserved his statue.

June 9, 2016

Kentucky Horse Farms #5

Kentucky Horse Farms #5
Three Chimneys Farm
Lexington, Kentucky
One of the residents eyes my sister from inside his stall. The bars on all the stalls are to protect both horse and visitor.

June 8, 2016

Kentucky Horse Farms #4

Kentucky Horse Farms #4
Three Chimneys Horse Farm
Lexington, Kentucky
This is the barn in which the stallions are stalled. Pretty swanky digs for these million-dollar equines!

June 7, 2016

Kentucky Horse Farms #3

Kentucky Horse Farms #3
Taylor Made Farms
Lexington, Kentucky

The stallion's stablemate looks on with curiosity at the proceedings.

June 6, 2016

Kentucky Horse Farms #2

Kentucky Horse Farms #2
Taylor Made Farms
Lexington, Kentucky
A closer view of the stallion being shown. This was a close as I got to a horse on that day.

June 5, 2016

Kentucky Horse Farms #1



Kentucky Horse Farms #1
Taylor Made Farms
Lexington, Kentucky

The first week in May I visited Kentucky to attend the Derby and check it off my bucket list. Part of the tour package I purchased included trips to Thoroughbred horse farms around the Lexington area.This stallion's owners were in town for the race and came by the farm to see their horse "shown."