Spendthrift Breaks Ground On Hughes Visitor Center

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Artist's rendition of the Hughes Visitors' Center at Spendthrift | Spendthrift photo

Spendthift Farm has broken ground on what is to be an 8000 square-foot tourism facility that will be named the B. Wayne Hughes Visitors' Center in honor of the farm's late founder.

“We take it on as our responsibility now to continue to build on the vision Wayne had for Spendthrift and the sport of horse racing,” said Eric Gustavson, owner of Spendthrift and son-and-law to the late B. Wayne Hughes. “It's only fitting to name the new visitors' center after him because it largely represents his love for the industry and desire to share it with people. That's what we look forward to doing.”

The new facility is scheduled to be open the spring or summer of 2022 and will be located in the heart of the property, directly between the stallion complex and the main office. The building is expected to house a trophy room, gift shop, and entertainment/office space, and will include such features as a life-size statue of the late Malibu Moon at the entrance, Authentic's 2020 Kentucky Derby trophy and blanket of roses, Beholder's Breeders' Cup & Eclipse Award trophies, Into Mischief artifacts, a famous horses memorial and interactive history elements throughout.

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