Prices and Racing Season
. . . Per Person Prices vary based on hotel rate
.Spring Racing Season in 2017 is
April 29- July 1. Thurs Evenings and Fri, Sat and Sun Matinees
Fall Racing Season in 2017 is:
Sept 15-Oct 1 Thurs Evenings and Fri, Sat and Sun Matinees
Nov 1-26 Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sun Matinees
(Schedules subject to change)
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Day 1 -Arrive Louisville
First stop today is a visit to the Hermitage Thoroughbred Nursery. Hermitage Farms is a world-class equine operation where champion thoroughbreds are born and nursed. Last January the broodmares here gave birth to 40 foals. You will see next year’s babies at the age of 4 or 5 months. These soon to be racehorses will just be learning to run. Your guides will talk about them and about the Farm’s past babies that grew into champions including winners of the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks, Breeders’ Cup and more than 200 other stakes races.
Then you will arrive at a first class Louisville Hotel. This will serve as your camp as you learn about about the Kentucky Derby and having a great time.
This evening you enjoy dinner at the New Evan Williams Bourbon Experience on Whiskey Row. You will learn how Bourbon is made, enjoy a nice dinner, and get a lesson on how to make your own Mint Juleps (includes a sample). Mint Juleps are the quintessential Kentucky Derby Drink and it is important to the educational mission of this camp that you know how to make one. (D)
Day 2 – Derby Training Camp
You start today at the Kentucky Derby Museum located at Churchill Downs, here they celebrate the tradition, history, hospitality and pride of the world-renown event that is the Kentucky Derby. Here is your education takes on a serious “Hatitude,” with a class on how to make your own Derby Hat. You will discover that The Kentucky Derby is as much about watching people as it horses, every woman accessorizes with stylish hats. You will also enjoy a seminar titled “Horse Talk,” where you will learn the secrets of picking a winner, including tricks like reading a horse’s eyes, ears and tails.
Once school’s out at the Museum, it’s off to the races in Millionaire’s Row. During the Derby these seats are reserved for the world’s most renowned racing enthusiasts. Dining room service here comes with scenic vantage points from a tiered balcony overlooking the finish line. You can also watch the races from television monitors overhead. A special note: to take the anxiety out of learning every person in your group will receive Ten (10) Free $2.00 Bets. At Derby Camp you don’t have to lose your own money. (B,L)
Day 3 – Departure
Depart for home after breakfast. Groups that want to add another day will find great attractions such as The Louisville Slugger Factory, Muhammad Ali Museum, the Urban Bourbon Trail, Belle of Louisville Steamboat and much more. (B)