Inside the glitzy kickoff party for the world’s biggest horse sale, where 300 of the industry’s elite sipped on rare bourbons ahead of dropping millions on horses

Each September, wealthy horse-racing fans, buyers, and sellers descend on Kentucky’s second-largest city, Lexington, known as “the horse capital of the world.”

Lexington is surrounded by hundreds of horse farms and is home to the world’s largest thoroughbred horse auction house, Keeneland, which also hosts races.

In September is Keeneland’s yearling sale, where people drop millions on year-old horses who’ve never even been ridden. In 2018, more than $377 million worth of horses were sold at Keeneland’s September sale.

I flew down to Lexington for the sale, but first, I managed to score an invite to the sale’s exclusive kickoff party at an upscale events venue called the Apiary.

Here’s what it was like.

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