(Concrete platforms are lowered into place to form up the parking garage next to the Louisville Thoroughbred Society / Photo by Gene McLean)

I never did think much about concrete.

I know it’s gray.

I know it’s kind of stark looking.

I know it looks like it would be cold, hard, tough, and without a lot of personality.

But on Friday, Dec. 27, I never dreamed concrete could look so good.

Man, was it beautiful.

Drop-dead gorgeous, in fact.

And, thrilling.

On Friday, Dec. 27, construction crews raised, lowered, fitted, and placed platforms of pre-cast concrete into their final resting spots — just like a life-size version of LEGOs — and fully formed the first floor of the new parking garage at the Louisville Thoroughbred Society.

When completed, the rooftop of the new garage will be the home of the LTS’ dining room, “Conservatory,” premium Cigar Pavilion and the region’s largest open-air, green roof and entertainment area.

And, all the while, additional construction crews were busy inside the state-of-the-art private club hanging more dry wall; “mudding” the walls; hanging new windows in the upscale “Cigar & Bourbon” bar; and toiling away on the LTS’ prep kitchen and other areas.

All in all?

What to my wondering eyes did appear?

An amazing project — known as the Louisville Thoroughbred Society — actually coming together. Now, plans are being made to have downtown Louisville’s first, state-of-the-art club — dedicated to promoting and celebrating the Thoroughbred industry — to open prior to the 2020 Kentucky Derby.

Here’s the latest look inside and outside the Louisville Thoroughbred Society. To find out more about the club and how you can become a member, take a visit on our website at www.thelouisvillethoroughbredsociety.com. And, follow the prompts and links.

You will not want to miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join, watch, wager, celebrate, and party — all rolled into one Grade 1 experience.

(New windows are being installed in the Cigar Bar at the LTS premises that overlook Washington Street / Photos by Gene McLean)

(The new entrance foyer at the LTS is coming together. Soon, tile floor will be added / Photos by Gene McLean)

(A look at where the LTS’ Cigar Bar will install a state-of-the-art humidor, to house some of the best products in the world / Photo by Gene McLean)

(The prep kitchen gets plywood added to the walls. Soon the kitchen equipment will be moved into placement / Photo by Gene McLean)

(Work continues on the new drywall and the lighting fixtures for the LTS’ Library / Photos by Gene McLean)

(The main bar and entertainment rooms for the LTS are coming together, as well / Photos by Gene McLean)

(The final planks of the LTS’ Parking Garage are fitted into place / Photos by Gene McLean)

(The preformed concrete pads are lowered by crane into place and fitted by construction crews / Photos by Gene McLean)


(The look of the LTS facility at 209 East Main Street, with the first level of the parking garage installed on the right / Photos by Gene McLean)