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The Thoroughbred Center

3380 Paris Pike, Lexington, KY 40511
859-293-1853
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Ranked #16 of 55 attractions in Lexington
Type: Educational Sites, Tours
Owner description: Experience the spirit and nobility of Thoroughbreds at The Thoroughbred Center, where the champions of tomorrow are in training today. Observe... more » Owner description: Experience the spirit and nobility of Thoroughbreds at The Thoroughbred Center, where the champions of tomorrow are in training today. Observe trainers up close as they teach their horses the skills they will need to become winners. You may even get to watch a future Derby winner step into a starting gate and break from it for the very first time. After workouts, be amazed at the care, equipment, and methods used to keep these magnificent horses in championship racing condition. Make plans to visit this unique facility during your stay in the Bluegrass, and become a part of Kentucky's world-famous Thoroughbred industry. « less
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Marshall, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The best part of the tour was standing along the fences watching the horses go through training. The jockeys would also stop to talk and answer some questions as well as pose for pictures. You are then given the opportunity to listen to and ask question from a trainer/owner. Would do it again.

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St. Louis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Think of this venue as an addition to the Kentucky Horse Park (which I also love.) The two sites have different missions. The thoroughbred center gets you trackside to actually feel the ground shake as the horses in their early-morning breezing fly by you. This tour also gives you time with trainers. The guide was very informative with her personal... More

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Washington, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

It was a glorious day and a full bus of tourists for this tour. Lexington is beautiful and everywhere was very clean, well run and plenty of thoroughbreds to look at. The tour guide had a wealth of knowledge and did not rush us at all. The talk with one of the trainers was very informative scattered with a sense... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Stick with the Horse Park - much better grounds and set-up. Hours and avialability of the The Thoroughbred Center should be checked-out prior to going.

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Fresno, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

The Thoroughbread Center was interesting however; it is a tab over priced for what you get on the tour. There were stops at the track to watch practices, the stalls to talk with a trainer and a stop at the equine pool area. There were some comments made during the tour that were not appropriate however; this may be due... More

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

I visited it as part of my week to attend the Derby. First of everything!! The horses we saw were incredibly beautiful, the people who showed them and answer all the questions we very knowleable and the stables and surrounding areas worth the trip. Even if you are not in the breeding industry, but like and enjoy a mafnificent animal,... More

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Alexandria, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

This is a terrific introduction to horse racing in Lexington. Tours every morning at 9:00 during from April through October. A full bus tour of the barns, tracks and other facilities used by most trainers for their horses from surrounding stables. Very knowledgeable guide (who has "done it all" with the horses from breaking to training to racing to retraining)... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed the morning in this professional environment. This is a place where owners take their horses for boarding/training for the track. There is a jockey school here as well as an equine aqua-therapy facility. Go right to the website to learn what the facility encompasses. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable...a horse owner/lover herself. She a lovely person to... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

This is a gorgeous setting to watch the horses train in the morning. Take the tour for a more in depth experience. Very informative. I could spend the whole day there!

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Don't miss the tour! We are horse lovers and lovers of horse racing and found the tour fascinating and informative. Our tour included a horsewoman who was personable and knowledgeable about the center. We had the opportunity to talk with one trainer who happened upon us at one barn, and to talk at length with Mike Cameron, a trainer, who... More

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