Mammoth Cave

Central Kentucky’s Cavelands are home to world-class underground beauty in Mammoth Cave National Park, Diamond Caverns, Hidden River Cave, Lost River Cave, Mammoth Onyx Cave, Onyx Cave and Outlaw Cave.  The lakes and rivers provide outstanding water recreation including; canoeing, fishing, boating, water skiing and swimming.  The relaxed country atmosphere, friendly people, exciting attractions and abundant natural beauty will bring you back home to Kentucky’s Cave Country over and over again!

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Bowling Green Assembly Plant

Watch the fascinating assembly process of America’s favorite sports car, the Chevrolet Corvette, on a one mile walking tour. Witness an engineering marvel as the chassis and body come together in “marriage” and brand new Corvettes roll off the assembly line.

Tour cost is $7 per person. With ID, current GM employees, GM retirees and active military personnel are permitted to tour free of charge. Accompanying guests will be admitted at no charge as well, up to a maximum of 10 guests. Remember to bring your ID.

Tours sponsored, organized and supervised by schools are welcome, beginning with children in third grade. Such school tours involving children in grades three through eight will be admitted free of charge. All tourists must comply with the plant’s dress code and restrictions on personal property (i.e., cell phones, cameras, purses, etc.).

To ensure a reservation we highly recommend booking your tours online through our online booking system. There will also be a kiosk available to process credit cards for walk-in customers. If you weren’t able to make a reservation in time, walk-ins are allowed based on availability. Please arrive 45-60 minutes in advance of the desired tour time to get one of the available openings. Checks are not accepted for tours! We are a handicapped accessible facility.

Tour groups are formed in the order upon which tourists arrive, whether pre-paying or walking-in.

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The Kentucky Derby

American Pharaoh wins the 141st Kentucky Derby in before a record crowd of 170,513.

Zayat Stables’ homebred American Pharoah, ridden by now three-time Derby winner Victor Espinoza and trained by now four-time Derby winner Bob Baffert, collared leaders Dortmund and Firing Line at the head of the stretch and drew clear for a one-length victory in the 141st running of the $2,178,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) on a sun-splashed afternoon before a record crowd of 170,513.

The previous attendance record of 165,307 was established in 2012 and the two-day Kentucky Oaks-Derby weekend attracted a record 294,276, shattering the mark of 277,977 that was set last year.

Baffert became the fourth trainer to have four Derby victories. That total moves him into a three-way tie for second behind Ben Jones’ record six Derby victories. Other trainers with four are D. Wayne Lukas and Dick Thompson.

Espinoza became the seventh rider with three Derby victories and became the sixth to record back-to-back Derby triumphs. Espinoza, who won in 2014 on California Chrome, is the first to do it since Calvin Borel in 2009 on Mine That Bird and 2010 on Super Saver.

Dortmund, ridden by Martin Garcia, and Firing Line, ridden by three-time Derby winner Gary Stevens, assumed command the first time under the wire with American Pharoah tracking to their outside.

The running order remained unchanged after fractions of :23.24, :47.34 and 1:11.29. On the far turn, American Pharoah began to creep up on the leaders and the trio hit the head of the stretch together.

Dortmund cut the corner and American Pharoah drifted wide with Firing Line in the middle.American Pharoah gradually gained the upper hand in deep stretch and pulled away to win by a length. Firing Line took second by two lengths over Dortmund who held on for third by a neck over Frosted.

American Pharoah, a Kentucky-bred son of 2009 Kentucky Derby runner-up Pioneerof the Nile out of the Yankee Gentleman mare Littleprincessemma, covered the 1 ¼ miles on a fast main track in 2:03.02. The victory was worth $1,418,800 and increased American Pharoah’s earnings to $2,930,300 with a record of 6-5-0-0.

American Pharoah returned $7.80, $5.80 and $4.20 as the favorite. Firing Line returned $8.40 and $5.40 with Dortmund paying $4.20 to show.

Frosted was followed in order by Danzig Moon, Materiality, Keen Ice, Mubtaahij (IRE),Itsaknockout, Carpe Diem, Frammento, Bolo, Mr. Z, Ocho Ocho Ocho, Far Right, War Story,Tencendur and Upstart. International Star was scratched from the race Saturday morning following earlier withdrawals after Tuesday entries of El Kabeir and Stanford.

source: kentuckyderby.com

As the race for the Triple Crown continues, Taper likes to join the excitement. See below for a few ways you too can celebrate the races in traditional Kentucky style.

The Mint Julep

This wonderful refreshing Mint Julep drink is very popular in Kentucky. It is always made with fresh mint, bourbon, and plenty of crushed or shaved ice.

Derby Day in Kentucky! To the people of other states and the uninitiated, this phrase has little meaning. But lovers of horse racing all over the country thrill at the mention of these words. For the Kentucky Derby is the most important horse race of the world. Thousand of visitors come to Louisville just for the event on the first Saturday of May.

Traditionally Mint Julep is served at the Kentucky Derby and served in silver or pewter mugs, although it is by no means essential. If you are lucky enough to own such heirlooms, chill the cups thoroughly before mixing your mint juleps. Glass tumblers may be substituted for silver cups if necessary – they will not frost, however.  According to some Southerners, a Mint Julep is the not the product of a formula, but a ceremony. The drink as we know it today is an American invention.

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