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A Thoroughbred Affair

G&G invited guests to an “owner for a day” experience at the prestigious Keeneland Spring Race Meet and Horses of Racing Age Sale. Following coffee at the Track Kitchen, guests met Keeneland’s Buff Bradley, trainer Eddie Kenneally and jockey Declan Cannon to watch the horses at the track and view the morning warm-ups. Afterward, guests joined Shannon Arvin, president and CEO of Keeneland, for an intimate cocktail breakfast. The morning activities concluded with a celebratory bourbon tasting led by Rob Samuels, managing director of Maker’s Mark. 

After a mid-afternoon break, the group returned to tour the Paddock, an exclusive Winner’s Circle experience, and to watch the afternoon races from the Grandstand Boxes. After the races, guests transitioned to the Sales Pavilion for an introduction to the Horses of Racing Age Sale, followed by a celebratory toast of Pappy Van Winkle led by Julian Van Winkle III, Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery president, in the Northern Dancer Bar.

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The sun rises at Keeneland.

 

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Breakfast in the Track Kitchen. 

 

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Declan Cannon guides guests through the morning warm-ups at the track.

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A racehorse warms up during morning works. 

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A behind-the-scenes tour of the barns. 

 

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An intimate breakfast in the Clubhouse Terrace. 

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Weisenberger Mill shrimp and grits with Lowcountry greens, Benton’s Bacon jam, and smoked tomato coulis.

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The Maker’s Mark display wall in the Keeneland Clubhouse is prepped for a special tasting.

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Rob Samuels leads guests through a tasting of specialty bourbons.

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A tour and photo in the Winner’s Circle.

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GD Hieronymus, Keeneland’s former director of broadcast services, advises guests on the day’s races. 

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Julian Van Winkle III.

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A selection of iconic Keeneland snacks including Kentucky burgoo, bread pudding, pretzels and beer cheese.

 

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A special viewing of the stakes race from the Grandstand Boxes.

 

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Tony Lacy, Keeneland vice president of sales, walks guests through the bidding process before the evening’s sale.

 

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To cap off the day, guests sample Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 20-year in the Northern Dancer Bar.

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The Horses of Racing Age Sale begins at Keeneland—world’s largest and most prominent Thoroughbred auction house.

 

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