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The Thoroughbred Center

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Address: 3380 Paris Pike, Lexington, KY 40511
Phone Number: 859-293-1853
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9:00 am - 10:30 am
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Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Thoroughbred Center is nestled among some of the most lavish horse...

The Thoroughbred Center is nestled among some of the most lavish horse farms in Lexington, KY. Our tour offers a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the daily care and training of Thoroughbred Race Horses. During the tour you will get to watch morning workouts, see horses up close at track side, in the paddocks and barns, and visit with professionals who will answer questions. Learn how Thoroughbreds are trained for racing and experience a typical day in the life of a racehorse. Come to The Thoroughbred Center to learn why and how Central Kentucky came to be the Horse Capital of the World!

Tours run ONCE each day and last approximately 90 minutes. Self-guided tours are not permitted. Tour space is limited.

April 1 – October 31

Monday – Saturday: 9 am

          Reservations are Recommended

November 1 – March 31

Monday – Friday: 9 am

          Reservations and a 4-person minimum are Required

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Behind the Scene Thoroughbred Tour
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Delightful visit!

We had an excellent tour! Manuela, our tour guide, was superb! She allowed time for me to translate for my Spanish speaking relatives. Her warmth and friendliness were very... read more

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5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had an excellent tour! Manuela, our tour guide, was superb! She allowed time for me to translate for my Spanish speaking relatives. Her warmth and friendliness were very much appreciated. We saw a lot and learned a lot. A delightful visit, indeed!

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ttcevents, Manager at The Thoroughbred Center, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing to tour The Thoroughbred Center! We have the great pleasure of meeting people from all over the world and want each of our guests to have an engaging experience. We appreciate your review! More 

Versailles, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My step-daughter chose to have her wedding reception at the Thoroughbred Center for several reasons. First, the backdrop is a beautiful Kentucky horse farm with what our state is known for...fast horses! The scenery is breathtaking and the facility is easily transformed according to your wishes....rustic, casual, elegant....you choose. Secondly, the facility can be rented at an affordable rate. And... More 

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are interested in a behind-the-scenes look at the Thoroughbred life, this is the place. This is real - not make believe or sterile. The guide was great and the tour was worth every penny. A must see if you are looking for something to do in Lexington.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

Just before the Derby this year we also went out to The Thoroughbred Center. Wasn't sure what to expect. Our tour guide, Amy, took us right out to the track and we stood alongside the rail as many horses warmed up and trained. Several riders brought their horses over to the rail. According to Amy it is important to get... More 

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Dover, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

Our tour guide, Annette, had a wealth of knowledge of thoroughbred horses and their training. We got up close to the track and watched the horses thunder by during their morning workouts. Watching a horse race on TV, is nothing compared to standing trackside and see them coming towards you at full speed. We visited other barns at the Thoroughbred... More 

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ttcevents, Manager at The Thoroughbred Center, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review! We do our best to give our guests an authentic experience and we're so pleased you enjoyed your tour with us. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

What a wonderful day my mother and I had at the Thoroughbred Training Center! Our guide Annette gave us VIP treatment as we explored all aspects of horse training. From standing at the track rail to watch horses be exercised, to a walk through of a barn, and a visit to the pool to watch horses swim, we got closer... More 

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ttcevents, Manager at The Thoroughbred Center, responded to this review

We're so happy that you had a wonderful experience! We strive to make each tour special for our guests. Thank you for the delightful review. More 

Dublin, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

We had advance reservations which I would recommend. The tour guide was exceptional and we drove around the center to various barns and facilities including a swimming pool for horses. We had the opportunity to see horses training on the track and were afforded an opportunity by the trainer to see Runhappy and take pictures of him. Our tour guide... More 

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Henderson, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

Our guide, Annette, was very knowledgeable and fun. Speaking to a trainer and seeing the horses up close and watching the jockeys exercising their mounts was awesome. Everyone was very friendly and willing to answer any questions we asked. Seeing champions in training, and retirement, and hearing their stories brought the racing world to life. brought the racing world

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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

Happy to Reccomend this tour for anyone! Got to see a lot of behind the scenes training and chat with industry professionals.

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Berwick, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016

The tour is by van with a guide. We had Annette who was great and very interesting. Willing to answer questions and share what she had learned over her years in Lexington. You see lots of farms and horses but she puts everything in the prospective of a business and a lifestyle.

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