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Full Circle at Keeneland

author/illustrator holding J is for Justify book in front of the Keeneland gift shop

My first opportunity to ever attend a live horse race was in 1993. My dad and I went to Keeneland and witnessed Prairie Bayou and Mike Smith winning the Bluegrass Stakes together. It seems only fitting that the Keeneland Shop would become the first location to carry my first book, J is for Justify. The book serendipitously features Mike Smith charging to a Triple Crown victory aboard Justify.

On October 5th, I got to take my husband and son to this iconic track for their fist time. It was a fabulous Fall Stars Weekend. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect, we got to have a bunch of famous jockeys autograph a poster and we saw so many great horses up close.

I absolutely cannot wait until the Breeder’s Cup comes to Keeneland next year!

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Lesley Baumann

Lesley A.J. Baumann is an artist, graphic design and horse lover.

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