Derby Day finally arrived, but not before our long trip down from NY to KY....
We left at about 1am on Thursday and drove the 9.5 hours through fog, across the NY mountains, the extremely flat land of Ohio and then to the beautiful rolling pastures of KY. Three Chimneys was holding an open house as a pre-event to the memorial service for Dynaformer. After almost crashing my car approximately 9 times on the two mile trip down one of Kentucky's Scenic Byways, we arrived at our destination and the fun began.
We had private tours of many stud farms including Three Chimneys, Spendthrift Farm, Shadwell Farm and of course Keeneland. We had drive-by tours of big farms including Lanes End, Winstar and Stonestreet, but that doesn't even begin to sum up all of what there was to see and what we did see.
The derby was a great time with record crowds and even though we couldn't see the race in person we enjoyed the infield crowd, good shopping, decent food and terrible mint julips (approx. 9/10 bourbon, 1/10 ice and a mint leaf, haha). It was amazing to see what all of the TB people are aiming at, that 2 seconds of excitement...
It was extremely sad to leave and after a not so tough decision, we will be looking for a farm to relocate to in KY. It may not be tomorrow that we head down