Louisville Thoroughbred Society Update: Concrete Pours & Stair Cases Galore; Framing for New Walls & New Rooms for Gaming; Duct Work Is Hanging & Hammers Are Banging

(Ford and Jack McLean sporting their fancy new LTS hats / Photo by Kate Bunnell McLean)

If you go by 209 East Main Street, don’t stand in any one place too long. Not unless you want somebody to put you to work.

The new home of The Louisville Thoroughbred Society is cranking.



Every side.

And, even upside to the downside.

Concrete is being poured for the structural beams on the new parking garage, and a handicap-accessible ramp has been added to the new North tower stair case.

Rebar is being assembled for the next round of structural engineering.

Old, historic bricks — dismantled from the inside walls months ago — are now being repurposed and restored around the new elevator shafts to give the room that historic feel and look.

Door ways are being cut to make way for the new stair cases.

Air and heat duct work is being hung — with care.

Plumbing has been installed in both of the restroom facilities.

Copper piping is being hung for the bar areas.

The cornish work at the top of the 6-story building that faces Main Street is now being restored and remodeled.

Framing for the front door and the massive windows that overlook Main Street is now fully underway, and the windows are likely to be installed beginning next week.

The “Library” is starting to take its’ final “shape.”

The “Humidor” has been ordered and is being made for installment.

The “Cigar Bar’s” historic bar has been installed, and the framing has begun to house the hand-made shelves that will fit to the wall behind it.

All the lighting fixtures have been ordered.

All the furnishings have been finalized.

The tables and chairs selected.

The couches and sitting areas have been fully designed.

The kitchen equipment has been obtained.

The floor tiles, carpet choices, and hard-wood stains have been finalized.

All the walls for the various rooms inside The Louisville Thoroughbred Society have not been fully erected.

In other words?

It’s all coming together.


The Louisville Thoroughbred Society — which is scheduled to open on or before March 1, 2020 — is now in full operational mode, and the construction crews are cranking at light speed, and, mostly, in a cloud of dust.

Don’t be left out. The private membership club — which will be dedicated to providing a first glass experience to those that are interested in, invested in, and enjoy the fine art of Thoroughbred racing — will limit memberships to the first 800 persons that sign up and plunk down the modest, one-time initiation fee.

If you are interested, go to the Society’s website at www.thelouisvillethoroughbredsociety.com and simply clink on the “Membership link.” A few simple clicks of the computer keyboard and you will become the newest member and reserve your right to be one of the first to join this exciting new, downtown experience.

Here’s a quick look at some of the activity this week:


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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