We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Thoroughbred Center

3380 Paris Pike, Lexington, KY 40511
Improve this listing
Ranked #16 of 49 Attractions in Lexington
Type: Educational Sites, Tours, Cultural
More attraction details
Attraction details
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.

Hotels near The Thoroughbred Center

Write a Review

31 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
18 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I've done several weddings at this Venue. I have never taken a tour. But from my perspective - I love the staff! Very affordable. And they have several spots, ceremony on the lawn - or side holding area. Reception in the front room - for smaller receptions. Then the holding area in the back - white lights, huge bar. All... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
El Dorado Hills, California
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

About an hours worth but a great insight into the life of a Thoroughbred Racehorse... see how these beautiful animals are cared for and rehabilitated... you won't see this anywhere else in the world!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Lawrenceville, Georgia
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

My family considered this a highlight in our Kentucky trip. It was absolutely fascinating to watch the trainers and jockeys work the horses. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and took us all around the facility. We highly recommend a visit to this center!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Toronto, Ontario
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

The Thoroughbred Center is a training facility owned by Keeneland. The hour-long tour takes you trackside to watch young and mature horses complete their morning workouts. While we were out there the riders were kind enough to bring some of their horses by for photographs. You learn about the various rolls of the people out on the track (the trainers,... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Virginia Beach
Top Contributor
116 reviews 116 reviews
71 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

A little run down. Must have been quite the place in its 'hay' day! We opted out on the tours . Spend your time at KHP.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Marshall, Michigan
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
St. Louis
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
21 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Washington, Virginia
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Indianapolis, Indiana
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
16 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Fresno, California
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed The Thoroughbred Center also viewed


Been to The Thoroughbred Center? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing