I joke about Mitch McConnell’s home state of Kentucky in political posts here, but I still like to visit. The state is home to world-class thoroughbred horse racing, including Churchill Downs racetrack.
I’ve been a horse racing fan since childhood, so it’s a privilege to go. Kentucky also is famous for its bourbon, A.K.A. Kentucky champagne.
I managed to land some prime tickets for the Breeder’s Cup this coming Nov. 4 and 5, so I’m burning some frequent-flier miles for a four-day trip to the races and to visit our friends in Indianapolis (and their newborn son).
If you go to Louisville, no trip is complete without visiting the Louisville Slugger museum and factory, drinking Woodford Reserve bourbon and eating at Jack Fry’s restaurant in the Highlands neighborhood.
I was introduced to it by a former management colleague at CNET, whose spouse is from the distiller Brown-Forman family. Later, Matthew, whose real passion is politics, helped now-President Obama win Kentucky and was appointed U.S. Ambassador to Sweden.
Now he’s going to be chair of the National Finance Committee for Obama’s re-election campaign — ironic since we never talked politics much. His claim to fame in the ’90s was snagging the “News.com” domain name and helping CNET grow.
I never book a trip this far in advance, but it’s unavoidable for the Breeder’s Cup, the World Series of horse racing.
Now I’m going to print out all the reservations, put them in an envelope and forget about them for six months. Meanwhile, here’s champion Zenyatta in last year’s Breeder’s Cup “Classic.”
She lost this race, the last of her career, but still won a record 19 of 20 races. Zenyatta won the Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year. She was bred in Kentucky and largely raced in California.