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Year Of the Horse

by Richie

Kentucky Horse Park
Lexington, KY

Happy New Year – Chinese Year of the Horse.

Year of the Horse

On this crisp new day, under clear bright skies, we walked the Horse Park for several hours. There’s much to explore here, and being a holiday we had the place to ourselves.


We saw rolling steeplechase fields, polo grounds, show rings, race tracks, and miles of swanky stables.  The Hall of Champions is a retirement home for notable horses, and we came nose-to-nose with Kentucky Derby winners Go For Gin (1994) and Funny Cide (2003). I personally thanked Funny Cide for my winning ticket, and he said, “Neigh worries.”

 Retire Champs

Bronze statuary is everywhere, commemorating famous horses and jockeys. The highlight is a huge fountain statue of Man O’ War in the center circle.


There are numerous museums here, which we’ll tour tomorrow when they are open for visitors.