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The allure of Kentucky Horse Country draws thousands of horse racing fans to our fine state each year. At Mint Julep, we can take our custom tour groups to the horse farms of their choice to experience Horse Country firsthand.
It’s one of the only ways you can see your favorite Kentucky Derby winner or Breeders’ Cup champion.
Keep in mind that whether or not you can see each championship race horse will depend on the health and welfare of the horse. No viewing is ever guaranteed.
Popular Horse Country Farms
Located in Versailles, KY, Ashford Stud Farm is the home of Triple Crown winners American Pharoah and Justify along with Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus. Farm tours available Monday through Friday at 3:00 p.m. MORE
Located in Paris, KY, Claiborne Farm is the final resting place for world-famous race horse Secretariat. Champions War Front, Blame, and Orb call Claiborne home. Tours available seven days a week at 10:00 a.m. MORE
Located in Lexington, KY, Darby Dan Farm is home to stallions Dailed, Shakleford and Tapiture. It was filming location for the movie “Secretariat.” Tours are only available by request. MORE
Located in Lexington, KY, Gainesway Farm’s star of the stallion barn is Tapit. Other stallions that call Gainesway home include Afleet Alex, Anchor Down, Bird Song, Birdstone, Empire Maker, Karakontie, and Tapizar. Tours are available Tuesday and Friday at 12:15 p.m. MORE
Located in Lexington, KY, Stonestreet Farms is where you’ll see plenty of foals enjoying the rolling fields of Horse Country. Tours of its nursery with foals and mares are available seasonally on Saturday at 12:45 p.m. MORE
Located in Nicholasville, KY, Taylor Made Farm is home to Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome along with Breeders’ Cup contender Midnight Storm. It is also the burial site for legendary stallion Unbridled Song. Tours are available daily at 10:30 a.m. MORE
Located in Versailles, KY, Winstar Farm boasts a roster of all-stars including Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and Horse of the Year Tiznow, Triple Crown sire Pioneer of the Nile and Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver. Tours are available seasonally on Wednesday and Saturday at 11:30 a.m. MORE
Plan Your Horse Farm Adventure
Groups of all sizes choose Mint Julep to plan one-day and multi-day Horse Country excursions. By working with one of our experience coordinators, you can pick your favorite horse farms to visit or take our expert advice to craft a perfect day.
Customized tours are a great option for special events, corporate outings, bachelor and bachelorette parties, birthdays, anniversaries and client appreciation gifts.