Long before America fell in love with baseball,
men and women gathered at racetracks to watch the heart pounding drama of powerful thoroughbreds thundering toward the finish line.
Horse racing, the "Sport of Kings", began in the
old world but soon became a favorite pastime in Colonial America. Its popularity spread from
Virginia to New York and most importantly,
to central Kentucky, where distilling and horse breeding grew side by side into thriving industries.
Both industries thrived in Kentucky because of its perfect mix of climate and pure limestone
water, a critical ingredient for bourbon and
essential for strengthening the bones
of their beautiful thoroughbreds...