Visit Kentucky's Most Famous Horse Farms...

Old Friends, Inc.

Georgetown, KY

Old Friends is a 501(c)3 non-profit horse retirement farm in Georgetown, KY that provides a dignified retirement to thoroughbreds whose racing and breeding careers have come to an end.  By promoting these one-time celebrated horses through a campaign of education and tourism, we hope to draw attention to all retired thoroughbreds in need.  Our concept is simple:  Such notable horses can attract tourists and fans to a public facility where visitors can meet the ex champs, hear about their past careers, learn about the racing industry, and in turn be educated about these great athletes.  Old Friends is open to the public and conducts tours daily by appointment.  Our guests come to visit a few ex-racehorses, they leave having been touched by the heart of a Thoroughbred hero.

Three Chimneys Farm

Versailles, KY

Three Chimneys Farm began with a dream, a plan and 100 acres of undeveloped land in 1972. Today it incorporates approximately 1,500 acres in six divisions, four of which are devoted to mares and foals, one to yearlings and one is home to 12 world class stallions. It operates as a boutique with a very select clientele. Three Chimneys once was home to Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew and presently has two Kentucky Derby winners standing at stud: Smarty Jones and Big Brown.

WinStar Farm

Versailles, KY

"A farm is comprised of three things - Good soil, good horses and good people, and WinStar is fortunate to have all three." – Bill Casner

WinStar Farm is comprised of approximately 1400 acres. Settled in the 1700's by the Williams of Tidewater Virginia, the original Silver Pond property remained in the family for over 150 years. Today the original farmhouse, smokehouse, pond, bank barn and Osage orange allee on Pisgah Pike are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Claiborne Farm

Paris, KY

Claiborne Farm is located just outside Paris, Kentucky, USA, and is one of the most famous Thoroughbred horse farms in the United States. The farm was founded by Arthur B Hancock, who came to Kentucky in early 1900's. Claiborne has been continuously run by his family, now in the third generation. 

Cobra Farm

Lexington, KY

Cobra Farm is a 340 acre thoroughbred breeding facility with approximately 70 horses. The farm is owned by Gary and Betty Biszantz. Mr. Biszantz has raced horses for over 50 years, winning with his first horse, Affirmed Miss. The Biszantz’s have also been successful racing internationally in France, England, and Argentina. The farm’s rich history started in 1974 as the birthplace of Seattle Slew, the Triple Crown Winner in 1977. The farm is open on a limited basis to our Thoroughbred fans, while respecting the need of the daily operation and the privacy of the Biszantz family. Tours available through Blue Grass Tours.

Darby Dan

Lexington, KY

In the early 1900’s, Colonel E. R. Bradley developed a top-rate equine facility and assembled breeding stock from the finest Thoroughbreds in the world. John W. Galbreath purchased the farm around 1960 and renamed it Darby Dan. Today, Galbreath's grandson, John Phillips, along with T. Wayne Sweezey, remain committed to the farm's heritage. The transition from private to commercial facility has seen the rebirth of a thriving stallion operation in the 21st century, with stallions representing some of the most regal bloodlines, including sons of A.P. Indy, Unbridled, Sadler’s Wells and Mr. Prospector.

Walmac Farm

Lexington, KY

Walmac Farm has been operating in central Kentucky for 40 years, and has satellite operations in Florida and Pennsylvania. They’re best known as a global source for thoroughbred stallions. Its history includes famous champion stallions such as Alleged, Miswaki and Nureyev, while their present includes stallions such as Successful Appeal and Songandaprayer. Walmac is regarded as having some of the most prosperous young thoroughbred stallions in the Kentucky Bluegrass region.

Donamire Farm

Lexington, KY

Donamire Farm is tucked into the corner made by Yarnallton Pike as it intersects Old Frankfort Pike. Designated as a Scenic Byway, Old Frankfort Pike is one of a number of horse-farm-lined highways that wind out of Lexington. Donamire is widely recognized for its picturesque stone barns with steeply pitched slate roofs, cupolas and spires set among fifteen miles of curving white fences that follow the contours of the rolling hills. The 650 acre thoroughbred horse farm is owned by Don and Mira Ball and is home to some sixty horses. The white plank fencing defines broad paddocks, a cupola-crowned stallion barn, yearling barn and broodmare barn. A long hilltop training barn overlooks a mile turf training track and a 5/8 mile dirt track with infield lakes often rife with Canadian geese. Photo by: John Hockensmith

Lane's End

Lexington, KY

Lane's End, owned by Mr. and Mrs. William S. Farish, includes more than 3,000 acres in Central Kentucky. The leading stud farm in North America ten times, Lane's End is home to such top sires as A.P. Indy and Smart Strike, as well as two-time Horse of the Year, Curlin, the richest money-earning Thoroughbred of all time. Lane's End has built a sterling reputation for its stallion and sales divisions and also offers a number of other services as well. In 1999, Will Farish became the first breeder since 1880 to breed or co-breed two horses which together won all three Triple Crown races.

Millennium Farms

Paris Pike, Lexington, KY

Millennium Farms has a staff of hands-on horsemen with uncompromising experience. We use top-notch veterinarians and have an unparalleled nutrition program. We offer services ranging from boarding, foaling, lay-ups and mating advice to sales preparation and representation. We stand such exciting young sires as Student Council and Zanjero along with proven sire Even the Score. The land at Millennium Farms has a long history of excellence, once home to famed sire Pleasant Colony. Our racing stable has enjoyed great success in recent years, campaigning such graded winners as Student Council, Even the Score and Rolling Sea. Photo by: Matt Goins

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