The world famous Kentucky Derby—the first in the Triple Crown series of horse races that also includes the Preakness and Belmont Stakes—is just a few months away and while most trainers have spent years preparing, there's still time for a rookie to get in on the 2013 race, provided he or she has the cash to afford a thoroughbred training farm and the requisite colt or filly. This 124-acre estate in Cream Ridge, N.J., east of Trenton, provides plenty of space, plus a "24-stall, cypress-sided horse barn with matted stalls, 13' wide paver aisle, tack room, feed room," exercise arena, office, bridle path, and a half-mile thoroughbred training track. Listed for $2.5M, the estate also includes plenty of features to coddle the human residents, like a four-bed, five-bath main house, a swimming pool with adjacent cabana, sauna, gym, and a two-car garage with guest suite above.
↑ The "once legendary" Bowling Brook farm, less than 50 miles from the Preakness, has fallen on hard times, but is primed for a revival. The 200-acre estate is centered around a 12,000-square-foot main house, built in the 1870s, that has potential but is woefully in need of a refit. Three guest houses and three caretakers' residences provide additional housing, while a trio of barns and an outdoor training track house the horses. Previously operated as an inn, Bowling Brook is currently listed for $2.75M.
↑ Despite the sparse listing photos, this equestrian training facility is one of the largest on this list, with a 200-acre holding plus an additional 640 acres currently leased from the Bureau of Land Management. Listed for nearly $8M, the horseman's paradise is short on residential, but there's plenty of space to build a new main house, or, if the horse thing doesn't work out, to develop the tract as a "golf course community." The only trouble with that luxe development as a fall-back plan? This sprawling acreage is located in hyper-remote Tularosa, N.M.
↑ More conveniently located farms, like the 50-acre Circle Farms in Davie, Fla., come at much higher cost. Located just 10 minutes from Fort Lauderdale airport, Circle Farms boasts two houses with a combined nine bedrooms and six bathrooms, a seven-car garage, three barns with a whopping 88 stalls, a training track, and even an "equine surgery room." Within easy driving distance from two popular racing venues, this farm is listed for a jaw-dropping $30M.
↑ Set on 763-acre tract south of Ocala, Fla., Padua Farms is "currently being utilized as a thoroughbred horse farm and breeding center" that includes a dirt track, a one-mile turf track, eleven barns with 202 total stalls, plus a manager's residence, 13 houses for additional staff, a dormitory, guest house, offices, and the owner's residence. The luxurious main house, on the edge of a sizable private lake, has seven bedrooms and six baths spread over 7,800 square feet. It better be luxe too, considering the next owner will have to fork over $17.9M for the privilege of owning Padua Farms, horses not included.