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Keeneland hosts Thoroughbred racing's premier championship event....caption here.
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Of course, every year is a good year to live in Kentucky, but this year was especially pleasant. We've looked back and made a list of the top stories that appeared in Kentucky Monthly in 2015, and provided links below so you can see if you agree with our collection.
Sure, we indulged in our native spirit—bourbon—and we were awestruck at Kentucky’s breathtaking landscapes and scenery. We featured the works of our own artists and authors, and celebrated average people who continue to amaze us.
And we ate. Yes, Kentucky Monthly shared delicious seasonal recipes and guided readers to unique dining locales. So whether you are an amateur chef, or a foodie looking for a new place to eat, Kentucky Monthly didn’t let you go hungry.
Our biggest story of the year was a two-parter. On the first Saturday of May, we donned our hats and wiped a tear as we sang My Old Kentucky Home at the 141st Kentucky Derby. We high-fived and beamed with pride as Kentucky-bred American Pharoah crossed the finish line at Churchill Downs. And then again at Pimlico Race Course for the Preakness. And then, ending a 37-year drought, Pharoah captured the Triple Crown by winning the Belmont Stakes.
And if that weren’t a big enough story, for the first time since its inception in 1984, the Breeders’ Cup was held at Keeneland Race Track. Yes, the Horse Capital of the World got all gussied up and welcomed horse racing fans from around the world to the two-day event in October. It was a fantastic weekend for Lexington, as well as Kentucky. But then favorite son American Pharoah hit a grand slam, becoming the first horse to win the Triple Crown and the Breeders’ Cup Classic. We couldn’t have been prouder.
As always, there is more to come. We thank you, our readers, for your never-ending support and encouragement. And we invite you to stay with us as we journey through 2016. It is sure to be a winner.
1. Elite Horses, Elite Course | Keeneland hosts Thoroughbred racing’s premier championship event, the Breeders’ Cup. Read the full story here. October Issue
2. White Collar Jam | Northern Kentucky group Suits That Rock—business and community professionals by day, musicians by night. Read the full story here. September Issue
3. Hounds, Horses and History | Central Kentucky’s Iroquois Hunt Club marks the annual Blessing of the Hounds. Read the full story here. November Issue
4. 120 Eats | Miguel Ventura of Miguel's Pizza in Slade, KY. Read more from the series here. April Issue
5. Spirited Legacy | Heaven Hill Brands, founded by the Shapira brothers during the Great Depression, celebrates 80 years as a family-owned producer of superlative libations. Read the full story here. September Issue
6. Power Kids | Kentucky youngsters get off the couch and into the gym for fitness, mental sharpness and fun. Read the full story here. May Issue
7. Captivating Waterways | The Kentucky and Dix rivers offer breathtaking experiences. Read the full story here. June/July Issue
8. The Bike Doctors | Members of Trikes for Tikes volunteer their time to give new life to old bicycles and tricycles. Read the full story here. December/January Issue
9. Sharp Chapeaus | The imaginative creations of C.K. Nobles Millinery Design have become a Derby Day mainstay. Read the full story here. April Issue
10. By Hammer and Hand | Blacksmiths forge passion and metal into art. Read the full story here. March Issue
11. The Call of the Wood | Kentucky woodworkers craft high-quality, aesthetically pleasing furniture. Read the full story here. June/July Issue
12. Cycling the Donut Trail | One man’s adventure combining his two loves into one trip. Read the full story here. May Issue
13. Bridges to the Future | Clay County’s swinging bridges are at the forefront of regional revitalization. Read the full story here. August Issue