Out-of-towners show up to see the horses but Kentuckians go there to watch the people.
Keeneland Race Track in Lexington is quite a legendary place and horse race aficionados will tell you that there is no place in the world like it.
It is with out a doubt the most beautiful race track anywhere. A jewel-box showcase for owners to present their best horses to well heeled spectators and serious horse people.
It's hard to put it into words, but here it is about pageantry, nobility, elegance and thrill of Thoroughbred racing. The feel here is very much like racing in England. My picture is of the walking ring where the brightly dressed jockeys get final instructions from trainers and get ready to be walked to the track.
This has been the same here since the 1930's. Amazing to many is that it is only open for racing twice a year...in the spring and then in the Fall.
Today when this picture was taken it was a rainy day and the big race was The Bluegrass Stakes...a prep race that sometimes determines what colts are ready to go to the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
Fillies will prep in the Ashland Stakes. Everything is built with comfort and beauty in mind. I don't think a single drop of rain touched my head once I arrived at the door and had fun all day upstairs in a glass front corporate box overlooking the track. Many people like the Phoenix Room that has a view of this paddock. I visited with good friends and snapped a few pictures from the windows.
What a lovely rainy day it was!