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Make “A Run for the Roses” at the Kentucky Derby and the Oaks

Program Number: 20593RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/29/2013 - 5/5/2013;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Lexington, Kentucky
Price starting at: $5,995.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Festivals, Misc. Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 17; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    

Experience the pageantry, tradition and heart-pounding thrill of “the most exciting two minutes in sports” at the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Immerse yourself in the history of one of our nation’s greatest pastimes as you join industry insiders to learn about past champions, jockeys, training, racing, breeding, handicapping and betting. Then put on your fanciest hat and watch the “Run for the Roses” from the grandstand at Churchill Downs. Experience two full days of racing. And they’re off!


• Enjoy full-track views from third-floor grandstand seats at Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Oaks and the grand finale itself — the Kentucky Derby.
• Go behind the scenes at a horse breeding farm, see “old friends” at a facility for pensioned thoroughbreds, and meet a jockey to learn about racing.
• Explore the history of thoroughbred racing and Kentucky traditions through visits to race tracks, museums and a bourbon distillery!

Activity Particulars

Walking two miles on uneven surfaces, standing for one to two hours. Climbing a few flights of stairs. Getting on/off coach.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Berea, 4 nights; Louisville, 2 nights; departure.

Coordinated by Berea College.

Lexington (Kentucky)

Set among rolling hills of bluegrass, the “Horse Capital of the World” is home to premier thoroughbred facilities, such as the Keeneland Race Course, a National Historic Landmark, as well as the Kentucky Horse Park.


Best known as the home of America's premier horse race, Louisville sits on the Kentucky-Indiana border overlooking the Ohio River. A number of museums trace the city’s long history, which includes the Revolutionary and Civil War eras, as well as famous faces such as President Taylor and boxing champ Muhammad Ali.

Berea: Historical hotel in charming setting. Louisville: comfortable hotel near Churchill Downs and airport. Free hotel shuttle to Louisville airport.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hyatt Place
  Lexington, KY 3 nights
   Galt House
  Louisville, KY 3 nights
 Hyatt Place
Type: Hotel
  Contact info: 2001 Bryant Road
Lexington, KY 40509 USA
phone: 859-296-0091
  Room amenities: The Hyatt's spacious guest rooms feature a 42" flat-panel high-definition television, an oversized sofa-sleeper, wet bar and bathroom vanity, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and ironing board. Enjoy complimentary hotel-wide Wi-Fi and daily newspaper.
  Facility amenities: Hyatt Place Lexington is within a 5-minute walk of several restaurant options and a five-minute/two-mile radius of many shopping and entertainment options. The Hyatt is conveniently located south of the I-64 & I-75 interchange at Exit 108 (Man-O-War Boulevard). The hotel offers complimentary hotel-wide Wi-Fi Internet access, 24-hour made-to-order menu items and pre-packaged snacks, specialty espresso coffee drinks, beer and wine service, complimentary Stay Fit® fitness center with Life Fitness® cardio equipment, indoor pool, complimentary public computer and printer, complimentary newspaper, and complimentary parking.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Best seasonal rate available. Please telephone directly (859) 296-0091 for rates and availability.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Galt House
Type: Hotel
  Contact info: 140 North Fourth St.
Louisville, KY 40202 USA
phone: 800-843-4258
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: Check with hotel Contact hotel to arrange for additional nights.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:30 PM program registration at hotel. You will be staying at Hyatt Place that night.
  End of Program:
9:00 AM at the hotel. You will be staying at Galt House the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. The Health and Safety questionnaire and Release and Indemnification Agreement must be completed and returned to the Program Provider at least six weeks prior to the program.
  Parking availability:
There is no charge for parking at the Hyatt Place in Lexington. In Louisville, self-parking at the Galt Hotel is $12 per night with in and out privileges. Valet parking at the Galt Hotel is $19 per night.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Lexington, KY
  Nearest city or town:  Lexington, KY
  Nearest highway: I-75, I-64
  Nearest airport:  Lexington
  From End of Program
  Location:  Louisville, KY
  Nearest city or town:  Louisville, KY
  Nearest highway: I-65, I-64, I-264
  Nearest airport:  Louisville, KY
Travel Details



From Airport




American Cab Company
phone: 859-381-1010
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


$42 one way, fares subject to change
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


30 minutes depending on traffic 




15 miles




To Airport




Yellow Cab Company
phone: 502-636-5511
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


$25 one way, fares subject to change
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


25 minutes depending on traffic 




8 miles

Driving Directions
  From the East Take I-64 W to I-75 South. Take exit 108 and turn right. Go to the first light (Pleasant Ridge) and turn left. Turn left at the 3rd street (Justice Drive) and that will end directly in front of our hotel.
  From the North Take I-75 South to exit 108 and turn right. Go to the first light (Pleasant Ridge) and turn left. Turn left at the 3rd street (Justice Drive) and that will end directly in front of our hotel.
  From the South Take I-75 North to exit 108 and turn left. Go to the first light (Pleasant Ridge) and turn left. Turn left at the 3rd street (Justice Drive) and that will end directly in front of our hotel.
  From the West Take I-64 E to I-75 South. Take exit 108 and turn right. Go to the first light (Pleasant Ridge) and turn left. Turn left at the 3rd street (Justice Drive) and that will end directly in front of our hotel.
Elevation Note: Lexington's elevation is 978 feet; Louisville's elevation is 900 feet.

Equipment Requirements: Equipment is not required for program participation.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration, Orientation, Dinner, and Welcome to the Bluegrass State
(Monday, April 29)
 Afternoon: Hotel check-in after 3:00PM. Road Scholar orientation session in the hotel conference room at 4:30PM. Your arrival packet will contain an updated schedule of program activities and your name badge. Start off your Kentucky Derby experience with an informative overview of the week to come and a chance to meet our staff and your fellow participants. The site coordinator will provide contact names and phone numbers of program leaders; address responsibilities, questions and concerns; review safety guidelines and emergency procedures; orient you to the hotel location on maps; and discuss the program schedule and what will be included on the field trips. Begin getting to know the program staff and your fellow participants with a get-acquainted session to introduce each member of the group. If you arrive late, be sure to pick up your packet at the front desk. Breakfast each day is in the hotel, lunch, and dinner at the hotel or restaurants in the Lexington/Louisville areas. This Road Scholar program offers the opportunity to study, explore, and attend Oaks Day and the Kentucky Derby and enjoy presentations by local experts, field trips to Keeneland, the Kentucky Horse Park, Thoroughbred Center, Churchill Downs, Old Friends, and Hagyard Equine Medical Institute.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner, catered at the hotel, allows time to become acquainted with your fellow participants and program staff.
 Evening: Introduction session. Get acquainted with your fellow program attendees during the introduction session. The coordinator will facilitate a meet-and-greet experience for the entire group during which each participate will introduce himself/herself. Participants generally share information about where they live, the type of work they do or have done, their favorite pastimes and hobbies. After the discussion, instructor will give a talk on the History of Kentucky. Late arriving participants will receive their program materials and orientation information at the hotel front desk.
Accommodations: Hyatt Place
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Thoroughbred Center, Old Friends, Woodford Reserve, History of the Derby presentation
(Tuesday, April 30)
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Go behind the scenes at the Thoroughbred Center, a working thoroughbred training facility. Learn about a normal working day in the lives of thoroughbreds, trainers, and grooms.
 Lunch: Lunch at Welcome Center.
 Afternoon: Field trip to Old Friends - A Kentucky facility for retired thoroughbreds. On to Woodford Reserve for tour of America's oldest operating bourbon distillery. Docents reveal how the final produce is carefully hand-crafted and painstakingly selected by the Master Distiller from only the finest maturing bourbon.
 Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant features multiple entrée choices.
 Evening: Derby History presentation.
Accommodations: Hyatt Place
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Kentucky Horse Park, Walmac Stallion Facility, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Hot Topics in the Racing Industry presentation
(Wednesday, May 1)
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Depart for Kentucky Horse Park. This 1,200 acre working horse farm is surrounded by 30 miles of white plank fencing. The park features two museum, two theaters, and nearly 50 different breeds of horses. Here you'll find the gravesite of Man o' War, one of the greatest racehorses of all time.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Kentucky Horse Park.
 Afternoon: Portion of the afternoon at the Kentucky Horse Park. Tour of Walmac Stallion Facility. Behind the scenes exploration of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute -for more than 130 years, the veterinarians of Hagyard-Davidson-McGee Associates, PLLC, have dedicated themselves to the health and well-being of the horse.
 Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant.
 Evening: From the Executive Director of the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association hear about hot topics in the horse racing industry. An amatuer rider, Remi Bellocq, former marketing executive with Santa Anita, associate coordinator of the University of Arizona Racetrack Industry Program, and son of the noted Daily Racing Form cartoonist Peb, will discuss both the Associaton and the Derby.
Accommodations: Hyatt Place
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Keeneland, transport to Louisville, Taste of Derby Party, Derby Prep Course
(Thursday, May 2)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Expert-led exploration of Keeneland, a combination Thoroughbred race course and sales company in the heart of Kentucky's famed Bluegrass Region. Your guide will also answer all your horse track questions.
 Lunch: Boxed lunch at Keeneland Racecourse.
 Afternoon: Depart Keeneland and arrive in Louisville to enjoy Taste of Derby Party.
 Dinner: Taste of Derby Party, then an expert-led Derby Prep Course.
Accommodations: Galt House
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: The Kentucky Oaks
(Friday, May 3)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Field trip to Louisville to explore the city.
 Lunch: Lunch at Churchill Downs.
 Afternoon: Festivities at the Kentucky Oaks.
 Dinner: Dinner at famous 4th Street District.
Accommodations: Galt House
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: The Kentucky Derby
(Saturday, May 4)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Festivites at Churchill Downs prior to The Kentucky Derby.
 Lunch: Lunch at Churchill Downs.
 Afternoon: Racing continues at Churchill Downs featuring the grand finale "The Run for the Roses" and ceremony following.
 Dinner: Dinner at 4th Street restaurant.
Accommodations: Galt House
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Breakfast/departures.
(Sunday, May 5)
 Breakfast: Breakfast/departures.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  Lexington, KY Ashland
Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate - Henry Clay was an important statesman and famous orator in early 19th-century American politics, a U.S. Senator, Speaker of the House, Secretary of State, and three time Presidential candidate. In his home city of Lexington, "Harry of the West" was a respected lawyer, revered and leading gentleman farmer. Although most of the 600 acres of his "beloved Ashland" are now a residential neighborhood, about 20 acres are preserved as a National Historic Landmark. Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate includes an Italianate-style house built for Henry’s son, James. (The house where Clay lived from 1809 until his death in 1852 was torn down in 1857; some of its materials were used in the new Ashland.) There’s a great deal of family memorabilia on display, much of it relating to the "Great Compromiser" himself. Ashland is located at 120 Sycamore Road and offers tours on the hour, Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays 1 to 4 p.m. Closed January. Admission charged. There’s no charge to visit the formal English parterre-style garden, a favorite spot of local artists, or walk the lovely wooded grounds. The walled garden is locked at 5:00 p.m. but you can stroll the grounds at any time. (859) 266-8581
  Aviation Museum of Kentucky
The Aviation Museum of Kentucky is located at Blue Grass Airport, Lexington. The facility has 12,000 square feet of display area, a fully equipped shop for aviation restoration projects, an office, a library/archive and a gift shop. The Museum is a dynamic entity which includes not only older restored aircraft and memorabilia, but also air-worthy, flyable aircraft for the public to enjoy. This year we celebrate our 10th year of operation. For additional information, visit
  Boone Station
Daniel Boone (1734-1820), known for his role in the exploring and settling of the Kentucky frontier, decided that the settlement of Boonesborough had become far too crowded. In December 1779, Boone and his family established Boone’s Station. At its height, the community had 15 to 20 families, including the Boone, Barrow, Hays, Morgan, Muir, Scholl, and Stinson families. Daniel Boone and his family endured many hardships while living at Boone's Station. Both his son Israel and nephew Thomas Boone were killed at the Battle of Blue Licks in 1781. By 1781, Boone’s claim to Boone Station proved to be invalid. He and other members of the settlement continued to live there for a brief period. However, by 1791 Boone Station had ceased to exist. In 1795, Robert Frank purchased 500 acres that included the Station site. Eventually, Boone and his family moved to Missouri where the famous pioneer died in 1820. In 1845, the Governor, and General Assembly of Kentucky requested that the remains of Daniel Boone and his wife Rebecca Bryan Boone be reburied in Kentucky. They are buried in the State Cemetery in Frankfort, Kentucky. For additional information, visit
  Falls of the Ohio State Park
The Falls of the Ohio Interpretive Center and General George Rogers Clark Home Site highlight the natural and cultural history of the area including 400 million-year-old fossil beds and Lewis & Clark.
  Frazier History Museum
As the exclusive home of the royal Armouries USA, the Frazier History Museum is a world-class museum that provides an unforgettable journey through more than 1,000 years of history with ever-changing and interactive exhibits and daily performances by costumed interpreters.
  Hunt-Morgan House
The Hunt-Morgan House - The brick house at 201 North Mill Street has several claims to historic fame. It was built in 1814 for the first millionaire west of the Alleghenies, a hemp merchant named John Wesley Hunt. Among Hunt’s descendants was Confederate General John Hunt Morgan, the flamboyant leader of the guerrilla fighters known as "Morgan’s Raiders." Local legend has Morgan riding his mare Black Bess up the front steps, stopping to kiss his mother in the hall, and galloping out the back door—with Union troops in hot pursuit. Morgan’s nephew, Thomas Hunt Morgan, born in Lexington in 1866, would become the first Kentuckian to win a Nobel Prize, for his work in genetics. The Hunt-Morgan House is cherished not only for its human history, but for its architectural features as well. Representing a Kentucky adaptation of the Federal style, it features a large, impressive entrance door with leaded fanlight and sidelight windows; reeded woodwork and door jambs; beautifully carved mantels; and a three-story cantilevered staircase. Tours are given at 1, 2, 3, and 4 p.m.on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. On Saturday tours are given at 10, 11, 12, 1, 2, and 3 p.m. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. There’s a Civil War museum on the second floor. Admission charged. (859) 233-3290 or (859) 253-0362.
  Louisville Slugger Museum
At the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory experience history-in-the-making as you stroll through the actual factory where world-famous Louisville Slugger bats are created. Tours daily from 9:00-4:00. Admission charged. (502) 585-1179.
  Mary Todd Lincoln House
The Mary Todd Lincoln House - Mary Todd, who would become Mrs. Abraham Lincoln, one of America’s most controversial First Ladies, was born in Lexington in 1818. Her father, Robert Todd, was a successful businessman and Whig politician; her grandfather, Levi Todd, was one of Lexington’s founders. Her mother died when she was six. In 1832, her father and his new wife moved the family to this brick house on West Main Street. Mary lived here until she was 21, when she went to Springfield, Illinois, to live with her sister. She and Abraham Lincoln visited the house several times. Today, family pieces and period antiques as well as personal possessions of Mary Todd are on display. The late Georgian style brick house was built in 1803 to 1806, and includes a period herb and perennial garden in the back yard. Open for tours 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission charged. (859) 233-9999.
  Speed Art Museum
The Speed Art Museum houses ancient, classical, and modern art from around the world, spanning 6,000 years. Open Wednesday-Sunday, closed Monday and Tuesday. (502) 634-2727. For additional information, visit
Waveland was built in 1847 for Joseph Bryan, a great-nephew of Daniel Boone. With its Ionic columns and portico, frieze patterned after those on the Acropolis in Greece, 14-foot ceilings, and grand yet graceful demeanor, it is considered an excellent example of Greek Revival architecture in Kentucky. Its human story is that of life on a pre-Civil War hemp plantation. Along with the house itself, slave quarters have been restored. Owned by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Waveland is a State Historic Site. There are flower and herb gardens as well as picnic tables and a playground. Tours are given year-round on the hour. Call ahead for hours of operation. Admission charged. (859) 272-3611
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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The Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

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Description: Read the entry on the Kentucky Derby on page 1257.

Run for the Roses

Author: Jim Bolus

Kentucky Derby

Author: Joe Hirsch and Jim Bolus

The Most Glorious Crown

Author: Marvin Drager

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