What To Do

The Breeders’ Cup has the Bluegrass bursting with excitement, but not all the thrills will be at Keeneland. Explore all Lexington has to offer and the special celebrations happening around town during Breeders’ Cup Festival Week

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Maker's Mark Distillery Tour

Maker's Mark Distillery Tour

As the official and preferred bourbon partner of the 2015 Breeders’ Cup, Maker’s Mark invites you to make the most of your trip by enjoying a complimentary tour of the Maker’s Mark Distillery while you’re in town for the races. We’re only an hour’s drive from Keeneland. When you show us your Breeders’ Cup ticket, you can see all the sights at our historic distillery, meet some of the friendly folks of the Maker’s Mark family, enjoy a personal, up-close look at how we hand-make our bourbon and even hand-dip your own bottle. We hope to see you soon!

Maker’s Mark Distillery
3350 Burks Spring Road
Loretto, KY 40037
(270) 865-2881


Maker's Mark Distillery Tour


South Hill Gallery

The South Hill Gallery, established in 1971, has evolved from a custom frame shop selling limited edition prints into a gallery that shows unique and original art from all over the U.S. and abroad. Visit the Gallery to view and purchase the official 2015 Breeders' Cup poster by Steve Penley and a custom-designed Breeders' Cup silk scarf.

1401 Versailles Road
Lexington, KY 40504
(859) 253-3885


Stuart Mercer Gentleman's Shoppe

Stuart Mercer focuses on custom luxury clothing as well as bringing unique, quality sports and casual wear to the Bluegrass and beyond. Stuart Mercer is proud to carry the official Breeders' Cup tie, custom designed and made from the finest silk for the 2015 World Championships.

119 Clay Avenue
Lexington, KY 40502
(859) 309-0357


Exhibits and Tours

Headley-Whitney Museum

The Headley-Whitney Museum was founded in 1968 by jewelry designer George Headley and his wife, Barbara Whitney, and is noted for its collection of jewelry, bibelots, and dollhouses, along with a library and rose garden. The Museum features two special exhibits this fall: “Treasures from the Farm,” showcasing the beautiful artwork and trophies housed at some of the area’s most famous horse farms, and "Highlighting the Championships: A Breeders’ Cup Collection," a collection of memorabilia from the first 31 years of the Breeders’ Cup.

4435 Old Frankfort Pike
Lexington, KY 40510
(859) 255-6653


Keeneland Breeders' Cup Tours

Celebrate the 2015 Breeders' Cup World Championships with an insider's look at the rich connection between Keeneland and the Breeders' Cup. Learn about the history surrounding two of racing's most iconic names as they come together for the first time! Tours are available through October 23 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 8:30 a.m. Visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance through the Keeneland website.

4201 Versailles Road
Lexington, Kentucky 40510
(859) 288-4142


Horse Farms Tours

Join the Breeders' Cup Festival for a rare opportunity to experience “behind the scenes” tours at Kentucky’s iconic stud operations and nurseries, world-renowned veterinary clinics, and more. Hear the stories of Breeders’ Cup champions, and meet the sires, dams, sisters and brothers of this year’s Breeders’ Cup runners — and maybe the champions themselves! Choose from various tours running from Sunday, October 25 to Wednesday, October 28.

Various Locations


Old Friends

At Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm, the horses may not be racing anymore, but they are winners every day. A “living history museum of horse racing,” Old Friends allows fans to get up close and personal with such stars of the turf as 1997 Kentucky Derby winner Silver Charm, three-time Santa Anita Handicap victor Game on Dude, Breeders’ Cup Champions Gulch and Amazombie, and Hollywood Gold Cup winner Rail Trip.

1841 Paynes Depot Road
Georgetown, KY 40324
(502) 863-1775