Points of Interest

Mile Post: 23 Side: R McConnell Springs is a 26-acre natural park named after the frontier explorer William McConnell. In 1775, McConnell and his party of would-be settlers camped in the area and named the future settlement “Lexington” in honor of Lexington, Massachusetts where the first battle of the American Revolution was fought. In addition to its significant history, the park is known for its complex system of sinking springs. 

 

Mile Post: 20 Side: R Calumet Farms opened in 1924 for the purposes of breeding and racing Standard bred horses. In 1932, the founder’s son, Warren Wright, began moving the business toward Thoroughbred racing. To date, the farm’s horses have won two Triple Crowns, eight Kentucky Derbies and many other accolades. Businessman Henry de Kwiatkowski saved the farm from bankruptcy in 1992, restoring the property and bequeathing it to his family members following his death in 2003.

 

Mile Post: 18-19 Side: L & R Fares Farms for over 25 years has bred numerous stakes winners such as Curlin, 2007-2008 Horse of the Year, and Embur’s Song, Canada’s 2011 champion older female. The owner, Issam Fares, completely dispersed the farm’s Thoroughbred racing and breeding stock in January 2013 in order to pursue other interests.

 

Mile Post: 18.2 Side: L Keeneland, the water tower viewable from the train car is a landmark for the famous and historic location of Keeneland. Extending across 147 acres, the complex is home to a #1-ranked Thoroughbred racing facility, a world-recognized auction house, and one of the largest reference libraries for the sport. Keeneland has been recognized as a National Historic Landmark since 1986 and its beautiful grounds are open daily to the public.

 

Mile Post: 17 Side: L Heaven Trees Farm was founded in 1992 by Dr. Dede McGehee, a graduate of the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Her farm, which at its peak foaled as many as 85 mares a season, is perhaps best known for the difficult foaling of Preakness and Kentucky Oaks winner Rachel Alexandra. The pink, Victorian-style home on the property, designed by McGehee herself, is nicknamed the “Baskin Robbins house.”

 

Mile Post: 15.5 Side: R Brittany Farms was originally founded in 1822 as a cattle and tobacco farm, has become famous since the 1980s as leading breeder of champion horses. The 710-acre facility is responsible for breeding world champions such as Passionate Glide, Artiscape and American Jewel, among others.

 

Mile Post: 15 Side: L & R Pisgah Station: A railroad station, since closed, opened here in 1888 and the Pisgah post office operated from 1890 to 1931. This luscious area is now home to major horse farms such as WinStar and Brittany Farms.
 

 

Mile Post: 14.5 Side: L Ashview Farm was originally owned by French General Marquis Calmes, who was responsible for laying and naming the town of Versailles. At present, the family-run farm has bred multiple stakes winning horses, including Johannesburg, Lu Ravi, At The Half and Lorie Darlin.

 

Mile Post: 13 Side: L & R Golden Age Farm is home to the Green Lantern Stables, which has been breeding and racing Thoroughbred horses since 1995. Originally based in California before locating in Versailles, the stables have bred and/or raced several Grade 1 winners such as Karelian, Military and Gypsy’s Warning.

Mile Post: 12.5 Side: L & R Payne’s Mill Trestle or Little Trestle Bridge

 

Mile Post: 10.5 Side: L & R Versailles: The city of Versailles began modestly in 1792 as an 80-acre plot of land owned by Hezekiah Briscoe. His guardian, General Marquis Calmes, insisted that the town be named after the French city of Versailles in honor of his friend, General Lafayette. Now, Versailles is home to multiple famous horse farms and several Kentucky bourbon products such as Woodford Reserve.