|Day 1||Arrive / Reception|
|Day 2||Horse Farm / Bourbon Distillery|
|Day 3||Derby Day|
Kentucky Derby with U.Va.
April 29-May 2, 2010
Price: $1,600 per person, double occupancy, land program
$600 single supplement
Registration is Open
Experience the 136th running of the Kentucky Derby, the first jewel of the Triple Crown of thoroughbred horseracing. The "Run for the Roses" has been an event since 1875 and you can experience this equestrian classic with fellow Wahoos, without any of the hassles of driving yourself in and out of Churchill Downs. Enjoy First Floor Grandstand seating on race day, May 1, 2010.
- Enjoy private motor coach transportation to and from the hotel and Kentucky Derby.
- Includes three nights’ accommodations at the Park Inn Louisville East (formerly the Marriott Louisville East) with transfers to and from all included activities.
- Tour Airdrie Stud farm owned by U.Va. alum and former Governor of Kentucky Brereton C. Jones and his wife Libby.
- Visit Buffalo Trace bourbon distillery.
- Enjoy First Floor Grandstand tickets to the Kentucky Derby on Saturday or upgrade to exclusive clubhouse seating.
- Relax with friends at a mint julep and hors d’oeuvres welcome reception.
The Park Inn Louisville East hotel is located in the heart of Louisville's East End with more than 90 restaurants, shopping and entertainment options within a five mile radius. Experience southern graciousness and style just 15 minutes from Churchill Downs and the Airport and 10 minutes from the Bardstown Road Restaurant and Entertainment District.^ back to top
Full buffet breakfast daily.^ back to top
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Tour Airdrie Stud farm owned by U.Va. alum and former Governor of Kentucky Brereton C. Jones and his wife Libby.
Airdrie consists of more than 2,500 acres primarily on Old Frankfort Pike, near Midway, Kentucky. Much of this land is part of famed Woodburn Stud, home of the immortal Lexington during his 16-year tenure as America’s leading sire in the last century. Woodburn, also the home of five 19th century Kentucky Derby winners, is in fact the birthplace of Kentucky’s Thoroughbred industry. More than 140 stakes winners and earners of over $80,000,000 have been bred at Airdrie. This gently rolling, mineral-rich land in the heart of North America’s richest limestone/ bluegrass region, provides a perfect natural base on which to raise young runners of exceptional quality.
After lunch, we will tour one of Kentucky’s historic bourbon distilleries and return to the hotel.
The tour at Buffalo Trace is about an hour long and our attendees will hear about the history of the Buffalo Trace Distillery, experience a century old aging warehouse, and visit their hand bottling hall.
About Buffalo Trace: Located on what was once an ancient buffalo crossing on the banks of the Kentucky River in Franklin County, the distillery's namesake is a tribute to the American bison that created paths followed by America's early pioneers. Since 1870 it has been known by several names, including most notably, the George T. Stagg Distillery and O.F.C. Distillery. Its flagship bourbon, Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon whiskey was introduced in August 1999. Buffalo Trace Distillery claims to be the oldest distilling site in the United States. The distillery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places under its old name, George T. Stagg Distillery. The Buffalo Trace Distillery is home to the world's smallest bonded storage warehouse, Warehouse V. This warehouse only stores a single barrel of whiskey at a time.
Tonight, you are on your own to explore fantastic Louisville with other alums or on your own. Perhaps you’ll enjoy one of the excellent restaurants on Bardstown road or catch some music at Louisville’s famous 4th Street Live premier dining, entertainment and retail destination in the heart of historic downtown.
Traditionally, the first Saturday in May features what is known as "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports" or "The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports" for its approximate duration. The Derby is also called "The Run for the Roses" for the blanket of roses draped over the winner. The race is one and a quarter miles (2 km) at Churchill Downs. Colts and geldings carry 126 pounds (57.2 kg) and fillies 121 pounds (54.9 kg). It is the first leg of the United States Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing and is followed by the Preakness Stakes then the Belmont Stakes. The attendance at the Kentucky Derby ranks first in North America and usually surpasses the attendance of all other stakes races including the Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes and the Breeders' Cup.
No one has upgraded to exclusive 3rd floor clubhouse seating yet, but it is available if you want!^ back to top
$1,600 per person, double occupancy, land program
$600, single supplement
- Three night accommodations at the Park Inn Louisville East (formerly the Marriott Louisville East), located 15 minutes from Churchill Downs;
- Welcome reception at hotel Thursday afternoon, featuring mint juleps, hors d'oeuvres and live music;
- Meals mentioned in the itinerary;
- Friday trip to race horse farm and bourbon distillery tour;
- Transfers to and from Churchill Downs on Saturday;
- Ticket to the Kentucky Derby.
Single rooms are available for an additional $600 single suplement.
Price does not include:
Transportation from or to the Louisville airport, meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
Ticket upgrades available:
2nd Floor Mezzanine (sections 224-225)- add $300.00 per person
3rd Floor Grandstand (sections 324-325)- add $600.00 per person
3rd Floor Clubhouse (sections 312-313)- add $1000.00 per person
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A deposit of $500.00 per person is required to reserve your spot. Full and final payment is due on February 28, 2010.
Deposits can be made via Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit cards or personal, agency or cashier’s check. A three percent administrative fee will apply to all final payment made by credit card. Final payments made by check are not subject to 3% bank fee.
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- A $500 deposit is required at the time of reservation.
- Final payment is due February 28, 2010.
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