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winter 2015 65 T here may be only one American city that can credit its growth and prosperity to the color of its grass. In fact, the Lexington area has a "triple threat" of benefts, as University of Kentucky animal and food sciences professor Laurie Lawrence explains. "A limestone- based soil [produces] pasture grasses high in a balance of calcium and phosphorus that provides an almost perfect amount of [nutrition] for growing horses," she says. "The climate is very amenable to grasses that do well, and we have a long growing season. Horses can live outside for a longer period of the year. The terrain is very rolling, so they can get a lot of good exercise running up and down the hills." Currently there are 450 dedicated farms in the region, including 150 in Lexington/Fayette County. (The two governmental entities were consolidated in 1974.) Their offspring join the world's best race competitors and become preferred stallions in many another setting. Today, Lexington's Keeneland Association track is where some of the world's b e s t T h o r - oughbreds run for the money. " W e a l s o get the best jockeys," says communica- tions associate Amy Owens. S h e c i t e s t he bi g ge s t fall race, the million-dollar Shadwell Turf Mile, won in 2014 by Wise Dan, whose prize accumulation of $7.5 million made him the USA Horse of the Year. Many millions of dollars also change hands four times a year when Keeneland hosts the world's leading Thorough- bred auction, attracting buyers from all 50 states and 50 countries. Horse-related events crowd the local calendar and PHOTO BY MARY LAWSON A day at the Kentucky Horse Park is one way Robert Bratton, M.D., and his family enjoy life in the Bluegrass State. Horse capital of the world Lexington, Ky. Continued Lexington's home to more than 150 horse farms. Photo by David Ohmer

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