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McKathan Brothers Training Center

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Up to 20 per party 
starting at $50 per person

Advanced Booking Required

McKathan Bros Farm

Must Wear:  Closed toed shoes.  Farm attire suggested.

Access to the track viewing stand is difficult. Tour is a walking tour.

NO PETS. Please advise if you plan to bring a trained service animal.

Rescheduling tours (pending availability) or cancellations require notice of at least 48 business hours before the tour time. Cancellations are not available for weather or specific horses not being available. In case of a weather-related cancellation, a rain date will be offered. For no-show or late arrivals, refunds will not be issued. Tours are rain or shine. No public restrooms.

The service fee is non-refundable.


Behind the McKathan Brothers Farm gates you will
find thoroughbred holy ground. 

“Triple Crown Training: Where American Pharoah 

Learned to Be a Racehorse.”   

The tour will begin at the Main Office and will immediately depart to the barns which house our current thoroughbreds in training.  There, you will learn about the history of the McKathan Brothers Farm and be introduced to the horses.  Owners, Leigh McKathan or Keven McKathan, will explain what they look for when selecting young horses to train to be the next world champion. Open communication and questions are welcomed! 



McKathan Brothers have trained young  horses since 1989. In 1999, they built the McKathan Brothers Training Center, situated upon 200 acres in Citra. The last two Triple Crown winners, American Pharoah in 2015 and Affirmed in 1978, learned how to race in Marion County as two-year-oMcKathan Brothers Farmld Thoroughbreds.

As close business associates of Bob Baffert, Hall of Fame Trainer, and McKathan Brothers are key in early training of world champions.

Possible Add-Ons to consider:

  • Watch a morning Breeze starting at 8 AM
  • Catered Breakfast or Lunch on the Track where American Pharoah Trained 
  • Tour of Mare and Foal Barn — January to June
McKathan Brothers Front Gate

Lunch Suggestion:

  – Eagles Nest Cafe
     18545 NE 45th Ave Rd, Citra 
  – Colt Country Cafe and Buffet  
    15330 NW Gainesville Rd, Citra



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