Fans of Triple Crown champion Justify can visit the home of the world famous race horse this November!
Two of Mint Julep’s Breeders’ Cup week experiences will travel to Ashford Stud Farm, owned by Coolmore America, where the horse currently resides. On Thursday, Nov. 1, the Horse Country tour will visit Ashford Stud and Pin Oak Stud farms. On Sunday, Nov. 4, the Best of Kentucky tour will visit Ashford Stud and Buffalo Trace Distillery.
Not available this November? Request a private Justify experience with Mint Julep today.
Where is Justify?
As of Sept. 17, 2018, Justify resides at Coolmore America’s Ashford Stud Farm in Versailles, Kentucky. Justify will stand at the farm in 2019 for the first season of his stud career. His stud fee has been set at $150,000. Ashford Stud Stallion Manager Richard Barry, who also looked after Scat Daddy, Johannesburg, Hennessy & Storm Bird, is among the team of people there helping Justify feel at home.
Fellow Triple Crown champ American Pharoah also calls Ashford Stud home during the northern hemisphere’s breeding season. He will return to Kentucky in December 2018. This ‘home of champions’ will be your first chance to see two Triple Crown winners in one place starting this winter!
On any horse farm tour, staff will do their best to ensure you can meet stallions, however, there is no guarantee. Showings are dependent on the health and daily activities of each horse. Remember, these horses are at work! Tours are typically conducted rain or shine. Keep in mind that many stallions, including American Pharoah, travel to the southern hemisphere for several months of the year. Plan your visit accordingly.
For a full recap of Justify’s horse racing career and path to Coolmore America, read our article here.
Where is Ashford Stud Farm?
Ashford Stud Farm is the Kentucky home of international horse racing business Coolmore. It is located at 5095 Frankfort Rd. in Versailles, Kentucky. Horse farm tours are available.
Sister operations in Ireland and Australia are among the many facets of this massive global bloodstock company. Historic stone walls line the beautiful Kentucky stud farm, which has been home to many iconic stallions. Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus and record breaking sire Uncle Mo also call Ashford Stud home. The legendary facility has been in business since the 1982 breeding season, when its roster was headlined by Storm Bird. It continues to house many of the best sires in the world.
Current stallions at Ashford Stud for the 2019 breeding season (listed with stud fees) include:
- Air Force Blue ($20,000)
- American Pharoah ($110,000)
- Classic Empire ($35,000)
- Competitive Edge ($7500)
- Cupid ($12,500)
- Declaration of War ($25,000)
- Fusaichi Pegasus ($7500)
- Justify ($150,000)
- Lookin At Lucky ($17,500)
- Mendelssohn (TBA)
- Mo Town ($12,500)
- Munnings ($20,000)
- Practical Joke ($30,000)
- Tale Of The Cat ($25,000)
- Uncle Mo ($125,000)
- Vancouver ($15,000)
- Verrazano ($15,000)
Extend your Kentucky Horse Country adventure by booking a private custom experience with Mint Julep. See which horse farms are available and find out more here.
Book Breeders’ Cup Tours
Visit Ashford Stud for a tour with Mint Julep Nov. 1 or Nov. 4 for a chance to see Justify. Details on each Breeders’ Cup tour are below. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are likely to sell out. Book online or call 502-583-1433 today.
HORSE COUNTRY TOUR
Thursday, Nov. 1
Visit two of Kentucky’s finest horse farms in one experience! You’ll visit Coolmore Ashford Stud Farm and Pin Oak Farm. Depart at 9:00 a.m. and return at 4:30 p.m. Tour includes farm-fresh lunch.
$159 per person
BEST OF KENTUCKY TOUR
Sunday, Nov. 4
Immerse yourself in Kentucky’s iconic scenery and enjoy two of the Bluegrass State’s most intriguing industries (bourbon and horses) in one experience! This tour visits Coolmore Ashford Stud Farm and Buffalo Trace Distillery and includes lunch. Depart at 9:00 a.m. and return at 5:30 p.m.
$159 per person
About the Author – Rachel Nix
Rachel Nix has been Director of Marketing at Mint Julep since 2017. Her extensive bourbon education includes becoming an Executive Bourbon Steward through the Stave & Thief Society and graduating from Woodford Reserve’s Bourbon Academy. She is a Certified Tourism Ambassador and enthusiastic advocate for her adopted hometown of Louisville. When she’s not promoting Mint Julep’s portfolio of southern experiences, she can be found walking her dog or enjoying a drink on a Germantown patio.