HINCKLEY -- Sure, the nation's eyes will be focused on Louisville this weekend as the Kentucky Derby gets ready to race, but you don't have to go very far to find horses and farms.
WKYC's Joe Cronauer takes us to one and uncovers their connection to a racing legend!
These majestic creatures and this breathtaking scenery are just 35 minutes from downtown Cleveland. Mark Palik owns the River Road Horse Farm in Hinckley. It's just one of many incredible places in our area.
"This is the actually the best place in Ohio for trail riding with all the Metro park trail rides we have," Palik says.
With 38 acres in a serene setting and an indoor/outdoor arena, you can board your horse, get training and ride 25 acres of pastures -- quite a contrast from the from Kentucky Derby, which is dubbed "The fastest two minutes in sports."
"We do have a connection with the Kentucky Derby" horse owner Rene Eisenhut says. "My horse is Gravitus. He is a half brother of Barbero who won the Kentucky Derby 2006."
Barbero's Father is a stallion that also sired Gravitas. Oh, and the name?
"I looked it up," Eisenhut explains. "It's Latin for 'dignified leader' and he's pretty bossy, so it fits him."
It seems the riders get as much out of the experience as the horses
"I love being out here with him," Eisenhut says. "It's a lot of work but it's great therapy."