The Racing, Romance, and Revelry
Kentucky is horse country. Breeding, raising, and racing thoroughbreds are in the water, literally. The Derby, the longest, continuously held sporting event in America, is the pinnacle of this state's obsession.
Brooklyn Derby visits with horsepeople, from breeders to trainers to handicappers, to get the low down on this grand tradition.
This is the third video of a three-part series. Visit the page for our first video, Louisville from the Horse's Mouth, where you can see a list of all the locations we visited. And check out our second video to get to the bottom of Bourbon.
This video would not exist without the generous support of our sponsor, 21c Museum Hotel, home of modern Southern hospitality in Lousiville and beyond.
We are grateful to everyone who met with us to help us understand thoroughbreds and the Derby better. Special thanks to Tari Hendrickson of Romans Racing Stables for teaching us about a horse’s character; Lindsey LeMaster, Bill Landes, Norma Redmon May, and the team at Hermitage Farm for letting us explore the grounds and telling us tales of thoroughbred breeding; Scott Jordan for sharing his stories from the starting gate; Dan Tordjman of American’s Best Racing for schooling us on the race form and encouraging us to get in some bets; Wendy Treinen, Barry Northern, and Ronnie Dreistadt at the Kentucky Derby Museum for exploring the history of horses and the Derby in Kentucky; and Marlene Miles at Wagner’s Pharmacy for plying us with coffee and good stories.