Louisville Thoroughbred Society Sets Date for “Private Viewing” — Wednesday, Oct. 17

The Louisville Thoroughbred Society — a private membership club dedicated to provide first-class amenities and services to those persons interested in, invested in and fans of the Thoroughbred industry — has set a date for its’ first “Private Viewing.”

The Club issued invitations to over 300 people this week, and are currently taking RSVP reservations for those interested in either being a member, or investing in the new project — which will be located at 129 East Main Street in downtown Louisville. The building was currently known as the “Fetzer Building.” It will soon be known as the “Hughes Building” and the new home of the “Louisville Thoroughbred Society.”

If anyone is interested in attending this important “First Occasion,” then please drop an email to gene@mcleanlobby.com. Information regarding membership and investment opportunities will be available.

Construction and renovation on a new parking garage — which will be situated in-between the “Hughes Building” and the Ice House — has already begun. That’s an essential first step towards remodeling the proposed space allotment for the Louisville Thoroughbred Society and a state-of-the-art “Cigar Bar” — which will be located on the roof top of the new garage.

Here are some first looks at the inside of the Hughes Building. As you can see, the historic site — which was originally built in the late 1800s as a vertical lumber yard and was the site for construction of both doors and windows — is beautifully constructed with strong, enduring wooden beams throughout, and the windows will be restored to their original dimensions.

Once completed in the Spring/Summer of 2019, both the outside, roof-top bars, Cigar Area, and the indoor rooms are sure to be both historic, modernly adorned and a pristine location for Louisville’s first and only club dedicated to the Horse Industry.

Here’s a peek inside the building right now. All photos supplied by Holly M. Smith:

(One of the main support beams)

(A glimpse of the ceiling support beams)

(A pan shot of one of the main dining areas that overlooks Main Street)

(While still dark and lit with only temporary lighting, you can see the historic floors)

(Historic and beautiful white subway brick will be cleaned and fully restored, giving the room a historic, speak-easy feel)

(Another angle to see one of the main inside rooms)

(The room is both spacious and gracious with high-vaulted ceilings, and adorned with beautifully restored historic wood throughout)

(Construction on the new parking garage is underway. The rooftop of the garage will marry up with our floor, and provide a beautiful, scenic green-roof terrace for all functions at the Louisville Thoroughbred Society)

(The back of the building will face Washington Street. All of the windows, which had been blocked over by previous owners, are in the process of being re-opened and historic windows will be fully inserted once again — providing an abundance of natural lighting for all floors.)



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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