Lexington, Kentucky offers numerous world-class horse farms that must be seen. Many tour companies provide transportation or step-on service for groups interested in seeing these farms as well as Keeneland racetrack.
Jonabell Farm is home to the operations of HH Sheikh Mohammed and has produced over 200 stakes winners since their establishment. This tour takes you into their breeding shed as well as showing current horses on the grounds.
1. WinStar Farms
WinStar Farms is an outstanding thoroughbred horse farm located in Kentucky that has found great success both racing and breeding their horses. Notable horses owned by WinStar include 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify and 2010 Derby victor Super Saver as well as 2016 Belmont Stakes victor Creator. Furthermore, Tiznow and Distorted Humor can be found among their roster.
Kenny Troutt, an American billionaire known for his communications company’s success and investment acumen, owns this farm which has won multiple awards over time for its commitment to horse welfare and health.
WinStar boasts an impressive roster of stallions including Brody’s Cause, CAN THE MAN, CROSS TRAFFIC, DANZA DOMINUS FLAT OUT GOLDENCENTS ITSMYLUCKYDAY JIMMY CREED LORD NELSON and MALIBU MOON. In addition to these horses, WinStar boasts many broodmares and foals who produce stakes winners that continue the success at WinStar.
Farm has an experienced team of veterinarians on staff who monitor each horse’s health, providing advice as needed and offering expert breeding, sales, training and race preparation services as well as rehabilitation facilities for injured horses. In addition to having several racing stables across both US and Dubai.
2. Claiborne Farm
Secretariat was bred on a farm of 3,000 acres near Paris, Kentucky that features miles of roads and driveways, 50 barns, 100 miles of fences and self-filling water troughs located throughout his pastures. For an additional fee, visitors can visit both its visitors center and get close up views of Secretariat himself and his fellow stallions.
Claiborne Farm was first established by Civil War veteran and Thoroughbred breeder Arthur Boyd Hancock Sr, on land belonging to his wife’s family in Kentucky he called Claiborne Farm. Hancock’s operations had an enormous influence over American breeding throughout much of the first half of the 20th Century.
Claiborne Farm now houses several successful stallions, such as champion sprinter Runhappy and Grade 1 winners Swale and Lure as well as Blame (winner of 2010 Breeders’ Cup Classic). Furthermore, Claiborne boasts an outstanding racing stable; six out of 13 Triple Crown winners were born here!
Visitors to the farm can see inside Secretariat’s former stall and Kentucky Derby winner Orb’s bed of straw, as well as witness a breeding procedure, which uses traditional techniques: four people must be present to handle both stallion and mare, conduct tests on semen (sperm count etc), as well as assist should pregnancy arise.
3. Overbrook Farm
Overbrook Farm is a historic district located in Philadelphia’s west Philadelphia section and was included on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
The District was constructed between 1892-1905, shortly after Philadelphia celebrated both its remarkable 1882 centennial celebration and 1887 constitutional centennial festivities – events which brought international and national attention to Philadelphia as it witnessed industrial growth that is still evident today.
Overbrook Farm was historically an upper-class neighborhood populated by wealthy and influential families such as merchants, bankers, lawyers and industrialists. Residents were prominent leaders in multiple fields including business and public life – championing progressive ideas to foster social welfare and community growth.
Adena Springs is one of the largest thoroughbred breeding farms in the world and is widely recognized for their exceptional services. Their staff combines over 100 years of experience into an efficient team environment. Their focus includes client relations, sales and yearling management as well as yearling management.
Overbrook Farm, LLC boasts an impressively diverse demographic composition of 55.6% female employees and 29.0% ethnic minorities, as well as an exceptional retention rate with employees staying with the company on average 4.1 years. Unfortunately, however, they lack diversity when it comes to political perspectives – most employees at Overbrook Farm, LLC tend towards being Democrats.
4. Winchester Farm
This horse farm in Wellington, Florida is an absolute must-see for racing fans. Boasting some of the highest-profile polo horses around, its facilities house different species that vary by wing. Equine amenities vary widely here; for instance polo arenas feature skylights to keep them cool for horses as stalls are designed with each horse’s individual needs in mind – even Queen Elizabeth has visited this farm twice! Its impressiveness was recognized when she visited twice herself!
Kenny Troutt has built his fortune through communications. Since 2017, the farm has enjoyed tremendous success, owning 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify as well as serving as a leading thoroughbred sales venue.
Ashford Stud, in collaboration with Coolmore, has long been known for producing some of the world’s finest racehorses. Over this time, more than 100 champion racehorses such as Jolie’s Halo, Wild Event and Southern Image have come out of its farm.
Blue Chip Farm stands as one of the premier Standardbred farms in North America and is committed to expanding the industry through breeding and selling Champion racehorses. Home to nine of North America’s premier Standardbred stallions as well as outstanding broodmares, weanlings, and yearlings, Blue Chip Farm has proven its dedication by producing nine champion Standardbred racehorses as stallions at present – with additional broodmares, weanlings, and yearlings also present!