An all-expenses-paid vacation to . . . Lexington? "The heart of thoroughbred country," the announcer for the TV game show "Jeopardy" intoned in revealing the weeklong vacation won by Charlie Schwartz, 38, of Venice, Calif.

"I was surprised, obviously," said Schwartz, a demographer for a Los Angeles bank who won the $3,500 trip Friday. "Why Lexington, Kentucky?"

Why not? game show officials say.

Traditional vacation spots such as New York, San Francisco and Florida are mixed with more unusual destinations to "promote awareness across the country," said Rocky Schmidt, a spokesman for the show.

Schwartz said he probably would visit Lexington with his wife and 9-month-old son in late April.