Archive for the Travels Category

Sep 26 2013

Experience Kentucky Downs – The Only European Style Track in North America

Neal at Kentucky Downs

The author near the finish line.

In September, 2013, I finally made it to Kentucky Downs. I can now cross this off my bucket list! I attended two days of live racing, with two completely different experiences.

Before I get into that, let me describe Kentucky Downs, as it is a truly unique venue for racing in North America.

It is modeled after European Turf courses, which are not oval, and definitely not flat.  Kentucky Downs has undulations on the track that include both rises and falls at various points.  Further down in the article we will show the course layout and some live pictures. Read More >>

Jun 2 2013

Monmouth Visit

Deb and I made our first trip to Monmouth Park (in Oceanport, NJ) race track over the Memorial Day weekend.  And while I’m not much of a travel critic, I will say that overall we really liked the Monmouth Park facility.  I know, you’re probably thinking, has he ever met a race track he didn’t like?  That would be a fair question.  And, the answer would be no … but, I do like some more than others. Read More >>

May 4 2013

Kentucky Derby Memory

It was 1991, but I remember everything like it was yesterday.  My first visit to a mecca of horse racing, Churchill Downs … and the Kentucky Derby.  Deb was 5 months pregnant with our son, Michael.  But, that didn’t slow her down one bit.  Up every morning at the crack of dawn, and we were off … Off to the breeding farms, off to the race track, off to creating some of my fondest horse racing memories. Read More >>

Apr 28 2013

Lexington, Kentucky – As Beautiful A Place As There Is!

Keeneland Starting Gate3

Keeneland Starting Gate

I recently returned from a short visit to Lexington, Kentucky and for the final three days of the Keeneland Spring Meet.  Deb and I have been to Lexington several times, but somehow we always seem to find something new. This time it was WinStar Farm; a 1,700 acre farm in the heart of horse country USA.

Some of the most successful sires in the breeding business reside at WinStar Farm, and we were able to get a personal viewing of many of them, thanks to our friend Chance Timm, a bloodstock agent at the farm.  The parade of stars included: Artie Schiller, Bellamy Road, Bodemeister, Distorted Humor, Super Saver, and several more … including my personal favorite Tiznow.