Crowe is a Ky legend. Bluegrass is a genuine American folk art. It's a fantastic art form at that. And it did originate in the Bluegrass state.
I don't agree at all that horse racing is the #1 reason to visit KY. Only if you're a gambling junkie. I wouldn't rate it in the top 25.
The historic festivals and regional festivals, the mountains and the parks (which attract millions of tourists a year), the college basketball teams, bluegrass music, the arts centers like the Paramount in Ashland and the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg, the historic sites like Boonesborough and Lincoln's birthplace and My Old Kentucky Home, etc. etc. etc. all rate above horse racing IMO. I used to live half a mile from Keeneland. It was drunks and gamblers screaming numbers and old jokers sharing useless tips on races. My boss was one of those guys. I never saw a single one of those tips pay off. Not my idea of fun at all.
BTW Cave Run is not a natural wonder. It's a man made wonder. It's a beautiful lake and has maybe the best muskie fishing in the world. If you've never fished for muskie you're really missing something. They fight like marlins. Take a look at this web page
to see a little about fishing in Cave Run. The giant fish in the photo weighs almost 50 pounds. The muskie can run up to 100 pounds so you can imagine what you might hook onto. You'd be in for the fight of your life. Those fish are flat out amazing. They don't call them the "The Freshwater Shark" or "The Waterwolf" for no reason.
Here's a photo of the world record muskie caught by fishing at 69 pounds plus. I found this photo on this web page
. Remember these fish aren't just big. They have teeth that are unbelievable and they fight like lunatics jumping out of the water and pulling like a jet ski. These are monster fish for fighting and if you don't watch out they'll take your hand off. Think again. This photo shows a 70 pound muskie and they can grow to be 100 pounds. They are a monster of a fish to catch with a rod and reel.