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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

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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A little long but great!

Great tour - you get to see a little of everything. Annette was our guide - super nice and knowledgeable. Tour drug on a little long but well worth the visit!

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 11, 2015
Nashville, Tennessee
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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015 via mobile

Great tour - you get to see a little of everything. Annette was our guide - super nice and knowledgeable. Tour drug on a little long but well worth the visit!

Thank shunttripster
Pikeville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

This is kind of a two-fold review for The Thoroughbred Center..... My daughter first mentioned this place as a possible venue for her wedding. We met Amy Jackson, who is the event coordinator for the place, and toured the place with an eye for a wedding. Ultimately, my daughter and her fiance' chose The Thoroughbred Center as the site for... More 

Thank Harry A
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015 via mobile

Very fun and informative. Got to pet horses! Came with the university of kentucky. I hate having to type at least a hundred characters. Just go here.

Thank Sierra H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

My husband and I and our grandsons (12 and 9) took the tour together. It was very informative and very enjoyable. The woman who gave us the tour was very knowledgeable about racing and horses and we enjoyed her stories. The trainer in the barn was great fun. He said things about horses that really surprised and intriqued out grandsons... More 

Thank yearbook1
Columbia, South Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

The Throoghbred center looked inviting until you walk inside. There is a desk and a few brochures out, but nothing to see. We were told that there was a fire recently and they have made some changes. I think you can make arrangements for a tour to see the horses working on the track, but that was not advertised well.... More 

Thank CarolinaConclave
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We rented the space for a sorority alumnae event. And it was perfect for what we needed, it was large enough for everything we had planned that day. It made for a long day having to get there by 8 am to set up everything, but that's all part of it. Again, it was a great venue for our event.

Thank Kathy C
Wheeling, WV
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Nice Wedding Reception Area for a small wedding, but they ran out of salad before three tables were asked to go up to the buffet style dinner.

Thank becknetta
Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

A comfortable informative tour of thoroughbreds with an opportunity to get up close and personal. We take all our out of town visitors here.

Thank sunshinelover59_13
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

We arrived early hoping to meet a trainer. However, he took off when he saw our tour van approach. Rude! Watched the horses train on the track, and visited the pool. Luckily our guide was very information; otherwise, it would have been a bust.

Thank Lisa M
Reston, Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Charming guide with lots of information. Lots of wonderful exercising horses. You have to come early.

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