Editor’s Note:

Another day. Another nail driven. Another brick laid. Another electrical line run. Another light fixture hung. Another wood panel sanded. Another inch closer.

This afternoon, we travelled down to 209 East Main Street in downtown Louisville and took another tour of the Hughes Lofts and the soon-to-be The Louisville Thoroughbred Society.

There were construction workers here. They were building scaffolding on the rooftop patio for some new retaining walls for the LTS dining room, Cigar pavilion and other open air seating areas.

There were construction workers there. They were putting in new windows on the Washington Street side of the building, and caulking around the new glass lens.

There were electricians, completing the connection lines.

There were plumbers, finishing connections in the bathrooms.

And, of course, there was John. The master carpenter and artisan woodsman. He has become a fixture in the LTS facility. He measures twice. He cuts once. And, he builds masterpieces — one wooden edge and one antique piece, at a time.

John was finishing the wooden panels for the LTS’ “Library,” and the hallway leading to the LTS’ Dining Room. Each wood panel — created by John’s own hands and his love for his trade — is being added to the wall, to provide a more intimate feel and setting. Each panel will be back-lit with LED lighting. And, each panel will be painted with a deep, green, rich finish that will warm the heart and home. Kind of like a turf track on the wall.

The good news is that all the workers were, at a minimum, 6-feet apart and practicing “Social Distancing.” Per Governor Andy Beshear’s order. Per LTS’ requirements. Per usual these days.

They were working, and at the same time, working at being safe so that we all can soon be practicing “Social Mingling.”

If you get a chance go to our website, at www.thelouisvillethoroughbredsociety, and take a virtual tour.

Get a taste of what wonderful drinks may be offered soon.

Get a look at new new amenities, which are being added each day.

Get whiff of the new humidor, which will soon be finished-out with our personalized, hand-built “Spanish Cedar” woodwork from floor to ceiling. The region’s largest, most modern humidor will soon house some of the best blends of cigar tobacco in the entire world. Private cigar lockers will be going in soon, too. Make sure to reserve your own.

Catch a glimpse of the historic Cigar Bar’s bar. It is nearly 80 years old, and was rescued from a closed bar operation on Market Street and repurposed for the LTS. Soon, it will saddle up to some new customers. Soon, it will host some of the best conversations in the entire “horse world.” Soon, it will be home to some of the best and most noted bourbons and bottles of Scotch in the entire world, as well as some of the most well-known and best-respected trainers, owners, bettors in the biz.

Get your horse boots hiked up.

Get ready for you leg up.

This place is about ready to ride soon. We are hoping for a Summer Day opening in June. We are hoping for the best.

Here’s another peek inside:

(The old bricks, taken from one part of the building and now being repurposed, are being laid around the LTS’ South Elevator and major entry space. It will be a spectacular entrance to Louisville’s most dynamic entertainment area.)

(Master craftsman and artisan woodsman — John — works on his new wood panels that are being added to the wall of the LTS’ Library. A fireplace will be placed near one of the panels. A set of bookcases will be added to LTS Library. State-of-the-art TVS and stereo equipment will be set into motion and place to help ensure that there are no “bat seats” in the new LTS spot.)

(A “special” bottle of Woodford Reserve — commemorating the 2020 Kentucky Derby, no matter when it is held, has found it’s final special resting spot. Soon. And, it is…(drum roll please)…the friendly confines of the new Louisville Thoroughbred. At the historic, speakeasy-like Cigar Bar. Come see us. Get a quick tour.)

(A look at the new addition to the outside of the Hughes Lofts. This needed addition will provide indoor room and space for anyone that has a lease on Level 2 (LTS), Level 3, Level 4 or Level 5. All floors will have doors that open up on the “Conservatory Space.” The LTS “Conservatory” will open up to the rooftop bar, green roof and open space — with access to both the Dining Area and the Cigar Pavilion.)