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The soft shoulders of Lexington's rolling green hills undulate as though moving. Sudden tidy and majestic barn-red farmhouses recall a bygone era, horses stomp and whinny in the distance. Shade trees flutter in the breeze, and the air has a not-unpleasant tinge of saddle leather and manure. This, the "Horse Capital of the World," is breeding ground, training center and home to many of the country's finest thoroughbred horses. Many working horse farms and equestrian training facilities are open to the public, and several tour operators offer horseback riding and horse farm tours. A highlight of the area is the Keeneland Race Course, where ...

The soft shoulders of Lexington's rolling green hills undulate as though moving. Sudden tidy and majestic barn-red farmhouses recall a bygone era, horses stomp and whinny in the distance. Shade trees flutter in the breeze, and the air has a not-unpleasant tinge of saddle leather and manure. This, the "Horse Capital of the World," is breeding ground, training center and home to many of the country's finest thoroughbred horses. Many working horse farms and equestrian training facilities are open to the public, and several tour operators offer horseback riding and horse farm tours. A highlight of the area is the Keeneland Race Course, where thoroughbreds race in spring and fall, and train throughout the summer. Downtown Lexington has a pleasant mix of historic homes, the University of Kentucky and plenty of restaurants and nightspots, where local musicians perfect their fiddle-pickin' bluegrass.

Debra Landau
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Debra Landau has written eight Lonely Planet guidebooks, including books on the USA, Caribbean, and the South.

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    Prime horse-racing season is in spring, the months and weeks surrounding the Kentucky Derby (held in May). Summer and fall are also nice times to visit.