“Labor Days” Are Being Celebrated Every Day at The Louisville Thoroughbred Society

Labor Day is an appropriate time to honor those that do work for a living. And, it is an apt title for the Louisville Thoroughbred Society this week, as well.

In fact, these are “Labor Days.”

On Tuesday, I made my way down to the Hughes Lofts — located at 209 East Main Street in downtown Louisville — and the soon-to-be home of the new Louisville Thoroughbred Society to check on the construction and progress being made on our new, private membership club that will be dedicated to providing first class accommodations and services to those persons interested in, invested in and fans of the Thoroughbred industry.

On Tuesday, I found workers cranking away on the new parking garage — located in-between the Ice House and the Hughes Lofts. Workers are framing up scaffolding that will bear the weight for the new concrete support beams that are scheduled to be fully formed and poured next week.

On Tuesday, I found workers in the inside front foyer, replacing white subway tile brings in the new upscale entrance way off of Main Street.

On Tuesday, I found workers at the top of the Main Street scaffolding working on the building front end Cornish and detailed brickwork.

On Tuesday, I found that workers had fully framed in the back of the “Cigar Bar” area.

On Tuesday, I found that the South end elevator tower — which will carry customers from Main Street to the LTS leased premises — has now been fully created, and the entrance area for the LTS facility is beginning to take shape.

On Tuesday, I found the Main Street entrance area is beginning to take shape and get the clean-up, repairs and reconstruction that is needed.

On Tuesday, I found that the LTS “library” is starting to come together.

On Tuesday, I found a building under total renovation, reconstruction, revitalization and recover.

On Tuesday, I found myself started to see a dream become reality.

On Tuesday, I found I had a flat tire on my truck, too. Thanks to a nail that I picked up while on my visit.

But…

Don’t wait and miss out. Go to www.thelouisvillethoroughbredsociety.com and click on the membership link now. We will only take the first 800 members to sign up and pay their initial and one-time only initiation fee. We plan to be open on March 1. And, we plan to be at full capacity.

Come take a look.

We are laboring. We are working. And, we are making progress at the LTS.

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds
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