Opening Day at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky and a Bourbon Drop Cocktail

Hello Wednesday! I’m switching things up this week.  On Wednesdays I normally publish my featured article for the week and Friday is Casual Friday which is usually a quick and easy recipe or cocktail for the weekend.  Well, this week’s feature needs a little more time so I declare today an early Casual Friday.  That will most likely involve a cocktail or two. 😉  I will publish this week’s featured article on Friday.

It is the 75th anniversary of Keeleland this year.

You might know that it is the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby this Saturday, so I thought I would share with you our visit to opening day at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky that we attended three weeks ago.  Since we are not attending the Kentucky Derby this year, this is the next best thing.

Horse races are full of tradition and much like the Royal Wedding, the women wear bad hats and proper clothing, although, I must say, those young fillies at Keeneland were wearing some really sexy wild shoes and clothes that I am sure many proper Kentuckians would be shocked at! Woah, Nellie!


The Bunkycooks were invited to attend the opening day festivities at Keeneland in their clubhouse while we were in Lexington last month.  What a fun day it was!  Our friend said the only place we could not go to take pictures was on the track and after a few cocktails…we almost didn’t obey that rule. 🙂

Jockeys coming into the paddock

One of the female jockeys discussing strategy with the trainer

If you are not familiar with Keeneland, it lies in the heart of the most beautiful horse country in the United States.  Keeneland’s Spring Meet attracts some of the best jockeys and horses in the world and serves as a prep race for the Kentucky Derby and is celebrated as the opening of the horse racing season.

Keeneland was founded in 1935 on 146 acres of farmland west of Lexington, that was originally owned by Jack Keene.  It operates as both a racing facility and an auction house for thoroughbred horses.  Keeneland is nonprofit and has donated its proceeds from races and its auctions to better the thoroughbred industry as well as the surrounding community.

Garrett Gomez with Bunky

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