As you know, the South has been experiencing lots of different weather - rain, tornadoes, wind damage, etc. The next morning, we woke up to the creek behind Bonnie’s house over it’s banks, way over it’s banks. As I said earlier, her house is up on a hill and was a far way from the swollen creek, but neighbors behind her at a lower elevation were getting their backyards flooded. We later learned that the Lexington area had received 5 inches overnight. In driving around the Paris area over the next couple of days, we encountered flooded roadways. (Read the sign in the picture to right)
Friday, we visited Indian Creek Farms, where she is in partnership with several other investors, on a couple of brood mares who just had had foals, drove around the various roads on the Farm with me oooohing and awwwwwing at the beauty, many new foals and just taking it all in. We went to Keeneland Race Track, saw some horses working out, walked around the Track. It is really a beautifully landscaped place with everything where it is and what it is with safety of the horses in mind. An owner, or owners, have lots of $$$$$ invested or spent on those beautiful animals. It’s a business to them, just like raising dogs, cats, mules, or a race car is to a racing owner or a speed boat is to a speed boat owner.
Around the Paris area, I noticed these beautiful limestone fences. Here is a good website
I did get to tour another famous horse farm and that was Claiborne Farms. A beautiful place that I was told by Bonnie and the tour guide, likes to continue doing horse raising and breeding the old tried and proven way. It is a very relaxed environment around there. Bonnie is having a mare of hers bred to Political Force and he is a beautiful gray. We got to see Eddington, who earned over $1 mil in his career on the tracks. I got to pat and stand next to Pulpit, who has sired many winners in his career and because of that he has an $80,000 stud fee. Another stallion I saw but didn’t get close to as he wasn’t getting his peppermint candy and became a bit irritated, was Seeking the Gold, who earned over $2 mil in his racing career. His stud fee is $125,000. See why it takes bucoo bucks. I also saw the grounds of Calumet Farms, located next to Keeneland Race Track. Bonnie briefly told me the rise and fall of the Farms history and suggested reading the book: Wild Ride, The Rise and Tragic Fall of Calumet Farm, Inc. Everything is red and white, even the tulips blooming at the entrances.
I did get to see horses working out before the weekly racing started on Wednesday, Curlin, War Pass and Pyro, strong Kentucky Derby winner hopefuls, are stabled at Keeneland and I did get to see War Pass run. There are other hopefuls I saw too stabled at Keeneland.
On Sunday, we picked up Grandma Pearl (no relation), who is 95 years young and is quite capable of getting around good, and went to Blue Licks State Park Lodge
After eating, we drove up to a little town of Washington
town. The US Post Office is an original log cabin and this building was on a portion of the original National Pike and the building served as a mail stop for the area. This is on a branch that went from Zanesville, through Lexington to New Orleans. Other buildings date back to the same period. There are some quaint shops in the town worth looking through, if you are in the area. We continued our drive up to Maysville
We also visited a historic sight near Lexington. This is a famous bourbon distillery nestled in a valley between hills that has an interesting history over the years. It is set in, again, the beautiful Bluegrass country. Woodford Reserve
On Wednesday, the day before my departure I fell down some stairs at Bonnie’s house due to my own carelessness. I turned my ankle and bummed up my left knee. Did the usual things - ice, elevate it but I still wanted to got to the races on Wednesday. Which we did. Thursday morning I headed out westward towards western KY and who knows where I would be stopping.