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The One and Only Kentucky Derby!

Program Number: 1468RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/30/2013 - 5/5/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Lexington, Kentucky
Price starting at: $999.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Festivals, Misc.
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

Experience the heart and soul of the Derby as you watch the race via simulcast at the renowned Keeneland Thoroughbred racetrack. Plus, learn all about Derby history from industry experts; immerse yourself in the lives of thoroughbred champions, jockeys, training, racing, and breeding; examine the world of handicapping strategies and betting terminology; and enjoy special expressions of Kentucky Bluegrass heritage.




Highlights

• Learn about the history of thoroughbred racing and the Derby from a nationally recognized authority.
• Explore the International Museum of the Horse, the American Saddlebred Museum, the National Horse Center, and visit a renowned horse farm.
• Meet “Old Friends” at a facility for pensioned thoroughbreds, and dabble in Kentucky sources of pride —from Bourbon to scenic beauty and humor.



Activity Particulars

Busy days with standing and moderate walking including uneven terrain at horse farms.



The races will be visible on television screens (large and small) throughout the facility.




Date Specific Information

4-30-2013

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by University of Texas at Austin.




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.



Accommodations
Hotel located in the heart of horse country.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hyatt Place
  Lexington, KY 5 nights
 Hyatt Place
Type: Hotel
  Contact info: 2001 Bryant Road
Lexington, KY 40509 USA
phone: 859-296-0091
web: www.hyattplacelexington.com
  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
  Additional nights after: Best seasonal rate available. Please telephone directly (859) 296-0091 for rates and availability.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


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 Hyatt Place the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety 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 hotel.
Transportation
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: Lexington, KY
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Hotel

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
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 

 

Distance:

 

15 miles

   

Reservations required for return to airport. Reservations can be made after arrival in Lexington.

 

Lexington

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
American Cab Company
phone: 859-381-1010

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

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

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes depending on traffic 

 

Distance:

 

15 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.

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 Introductions
(Tuesday, April 30)
   
 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, a list of fellow attendees, 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 and explore the Kentucky Derby in-depth through presentations by local experts, field trips to Keeneland, the Kentucky Horse Park, Thoroughbred Center, Churchill Downs, Old Friends and viewing the Derby on simulcast at Keeneland.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner, with multiple entrée choices, at local restaurant 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, the group may visit on their own. Late arriving participants will receive their program materials and orientation information at the hotel front desk.
   
Accommodations: Hyatt Place
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: History of Kentucky Thoroughbred Racing and Churchill Downs
(Wednesday, May 1)
   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: This morning's presentation prepares us for our afternoon field trip to Churchill Downs. Hear the History of Kentucky Thoroughbred Racing, presented by a nationally recognized authority on the subject of thoroughbred horse racing and the Kentucky Derby.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own at Churchill Downs.
 Afternoon: Attend the afternoon races, in Louisville, at Churchill Downs, the "World's Most Legendary Racetrack!" Your admission ticket entitles you to a seat and a program. You may want to celebrate horseracing at Churchill Downs with a mint julep.
 Dinner: Dinner, en route to Lexington, at local restaurant features multiple entrée choices.
   
Accommodations: Hyatt Place
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Keeneland, the Kentucky Horse Park and Reading the Program
(Thursday, May 2)
   
 Breakfast: Continental 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. Keeneland provides superior year-round training facilities and annually conducts race meetings of the highest caliber in April and October. Thoroughbred sales are held five times yearly. Keeneland strives to maintain Thoroughbred racing's finest traditions while promoting the industry through three lines of business: sales, live racing, and simulcast racing. You will see the nooks and crannies that are behind-the-scenes to everyone else. Your guide will also answer all your horse track questions. Spend some time browsing the gift shop or investigating on your own. On to Woodford Reserve Distillery, the official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby. Docents reveal how the final product is carefully hand-crafted and painstakingly selected by the Master Distiller from only the finest maturing whiskey. Long years of slumber in the longest-surviving aging house in the Commonwealth have produced a bourbon of exceptional depth and character, with a complex, full-bodied taste and uniquely smooth finish.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Kentucky Horse Park.
 Afternoon: Spend the afternoon at the 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. Attend some or all of the daily attractions including the Parade of Breeds presentation, horse-drawn trolley tour, Hall of Champions presentation, Thou Shalt Fly Without Wings, Draft Horse Exodus, International Museum of the Horse, American Saddlebred Museum, and much more.
 Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant features multiple entrée choices.
 Evening: Evening presentation.
   
Accommodations: Hyatt Place
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Thoroughbred Center and Hot Topics in the Horse Racing Industry
(Friday, May 3)
   
 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 the Thoroughbred Center.
 Afternoon: 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, 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.
 Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant features multiple entrée choices.
   
Accommodations: Hyatt Place
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Old Friends and the Kentucky Derby via simulcast at Keeneland.
(Saturday, May 4)
   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Field trip to Old Friends - A Kentucky facility for retired thoroughbreds. Old Friends began as a retirement and rescue facility for pensioned Thoroughbreds. Then news broke of the inconceivable death of Kentucky Derby winner Ferdinand in a slaughterhouse in Japan in 2002. The discovery gave even more impetus to this organization. "We went from getting five emails a day to hundreds," noted President and founder Michael Blowen. We knew such a death must never happen again. And so the plan became to bring at risk racehorses--those whose racing and breeding careers had come to an end--to Old Friends, provide them with the dignified retirement they deserve, and open the space to the public. By promoting these one-time celebrated horses through a campaign of education and tourism, we realized we could draw attention to all retired Thoroughbreds and all equines in need. Old Friends is the only thoroughbred rescue / retirement facility that accepts stallions. The organization takes exceptional pride in their pensioned champions, among them 1988 Eclipse-winning Turf Champion, Sunshine Forever & one of the last great sons of Damascus, Ogygian. In addition to the pensioned stallions, Old Friends is home to some very deserving retired mares & geldings.
 Lunch: Boxed Lunch
 Afternoon: Simulcast of the Kentucky Derby at Keeneland.
 Dinner: Dinner en route to hotel.
 Evening: Closing reception.
   
Accommodations: Hyatt Place
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6:
(Sunday, May 5)
   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the hotel. 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 www.aviationky.org
  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 www.parks.ky.gov
  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
  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
  Waveland
Waveland . 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.

Suggested Reading List


The Encyclopedia of Southern Culture


Author: William Ferris and Charles R. Wilson


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



What’s included in this Road Scholar program?



Except for the occasional meal on some programs, Road Scholar programs are all-inclusive. That means there are no extra “options,” no passing the hat for tips and no surprises. From lectures and field trips to gratuities and accommodations – the price you pay up front is the price you pay.

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