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Happy National Kentucky Day! We’re celebrating by listing 10 of our favorite facts, destinations, and events around the Bluegrass State.

1. Kentucky is known as the horse capital of the world.

Paul Lo Duca grew up a baseball and horse racing fan has been able to realize his dreams by working in both professions. He spent 11 seasons in Major League Baseball, primarily as a catcher, and made four All-Star Teams before retiring with a career batting average of .286 and 1,112 hits. After his baseball career, Lo Duca paid his dues in the horse racing broadcasting world, and he currently serves as an analyst with NYRA’s television team. He reflected on his careers and offered some opinions on the state of horse racing in this recent Q&A.

Featuring America’s Best Racing’s deep roster of talented contributors, including former ESPN SportsCenter weekend anchor now-turned radio personality Bram Weinstein, who serves as the host of “The Winner’s Circle”; Joe Kristufek, paddock analyst at fabled Churchill Downs; and Dan Tordjman, “The Winner’s Circle” presented by SB Nation Radio brings together these accomplished racing insiders to share their knowledge, tips, insights, and opinions by offering a unique, weekly perspective of our sports landscape.

Remember when you were a new bourbon consumer?

Ah, the good, old days. You walked into a store, chatted with the liquor store owner and grabbed a bottle in the perfect price point for your wallet.

Then, you started reading about bourbon, maybe found a favorite blog. You followed people on Twitter who shared your newfound passion. Morning, day, and night, you consumed bourbon information.

And finally, you graduated to telling the liquor store owner about what exactly you wanted. Now, the owner asks you questions about bourbon.

Welcome to our link roundup, where we share our favorite stories from around the Internet! Know a link that should be included? Email it to americasbestracing@gmail.com!

I had no idea that Anthony Bourdain was a racing fan, but his assistant’s remembrance of him takes place at Aqueduct. (CNN)

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