Kentucky’s native spirit, bourbon, is proudly boosted around the region.
“Here, hold the horse,” said the aging groom. You just might begin to understand why the rich, famous and enlightened love it.
Photographer, writer, philanthropist, retired hedge fund manager
Author of European travel guidebooks and host of travel shows on public television and public radio
Lexington is horse country in every sense of the word and, on my drive from the airport, I was enthralled with the spectacular scenery: the rolling hills of Kentucky’s famed Blue Grass region with pretty red barns, fields and meadows.
A woman steps into the spotlight. According to a recent global study a remarkable 87% of managers aspire to the corner office. The place feels organic, authentic, warm and inviting. Held annually in July and August, it attracts thousands of Italians and foreign visitors.
I saw my first Belmont Stakes in 1972 when Riva Ridge prevailed by seven lengths. Hold on to your gnocchi!
Siena’s Palio is one of the most difficult and ancient bareback horse races in the world with origins dating back centuries. Nevertheless, congratulations to American Pharoah on winning the equestrian Triple Crown.
Publisher of “Mariani’s Virtual Gourmet Newsletter” and award-winning author
At some point, virtually every ambitious executive asks this question. “I’ll be right back.” And with that, he handed me the lead rope attached to the halter of Secretariat, perhaps the greatest racehorse of all time, winner of the Triple Crown in 1973.
AOL Alpha marketing, editorial and content creator. I even saw Secretariat win the Triple Crown, the Holy Grail of horse racing.
The prized derby is this weekend in Churchill Downs and hat makers everywhere are having their yearly rush. For him, there is no “one” subject that he photographs; he chooses to shoot what he sees.
Rattling around late at night in an empty Siena, I found myself curbside at the craziest horse race in the world, the Palio. It’s steeped in history.
Co-Executive Director, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
Triple Crown winners, like Secretariat, Affirmed and Seattle Slew, are revered. The city by that name is well worth visiting, but it is in the surrounding hillsides that you find the soul of the place, especially between April and October. An eager crowd watches in awe as she proceeds to swallow roughly a foot-and-a…. But it’s not just whether you think you deserve the top job, it’s whether your board of directors thinks you deserve it.
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Felix Francis is the son of the late Dick Francis, who was the bestselling author of more than 40 mystery novels.
I love to entertain and inspire others through my stories.
CEO of 21c Museum Hotel, Hermitage Grand Gala host, passionate contemporary art collector/world traveler, avid combined driving competitor
The unique blend of locals and visitors stops the Distillery District from being a tourist trap like New York’s South Street Seaport. We went again the following year to majestic Belmont Park and every year after that for the next 15 years to see the Belmont Stakes. The Kentucky Derby brings the best horses …
My wife Liz and I knew nothing about horse racing at the time, but in our minds, we thought, why not? We soon learned that the owners had undersold the ability of the horse, he was more than “pretty good.”
Horse racing represents the two things I hate most: animal abuse and rich white people celebrating. This year is no different, the Millennials have taken American Pharoah as their own on his trip to win the Triple Crown.
Let’s be honest, for most people, horse racing will always be a niche, exclusive sport.
If it’s springtime in America, there are few places lovelier to be than Lexington, Kentucky. If you’re open-minded however, watch the Kentucky Derby this year. Queso lover, Auburn Tiger, Southern by nature, San Francisco by nurture.
Award-Winning photographer/author, in LA from NY
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