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Keeneland: Kentucky’s Connection to Thoroughbred Racing

Program Number: 16776RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/12/2014 - 10/16/2014; 10/19/2014 - 10/23/2014;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Berea, Kentucky
Price starting at: $656.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Science & Nature Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 12; 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Gain a new perspective on thoroughbred horse breeding and the racing industry in the heart of “The Horse Capital of the World” — Lexington, Kentucky. Amid the rolling hills of the Bluegrass Region, meet with thoroughbred racing insiders to learn about the prominent bloodlines of the winning horses, training techniques and the history of this illustrious sport. Enjoy an extended visit to a major breeding farm, explore Kentucky Horse Park, an equestrian park that is dedicated to the relationship between horse and man, and spend a full day of racing at the world-renowned Keeneland Race Course.




Highlights

• Discover the intricacies of this “Sport of Kings” as experts discuss the breeding, training and racing of these beautiful animals.
• Explore Kentucky Horse Park, which has had horses on the property for over 200 years and is home to the remains of one of the greatest thoroughbreds of all time – Man o’ War.
• Decipher the racing form during a session on handicapping, and learn how to bet based on the facts — combined with some best-hunch guesses!



Activity Particulars

Walking up to a mile on uneven ground.




Date Specific Information

10-12-2014, 10-19-2014

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Coordinated by Berea College.




Berea

This small town south of Lexington near the edge of Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region is renowned for its small college, Southern hospitality and commitment to the arts and crafts of the Appalachian Mountain region, which community artisans, musicians and gallery owners celebrate through their work.



Accommodations
Historic hotel with Southern charm.
Meals and Lodgings
   Boone Tavern Hotel
  Berea, KY 4 nights
 Boone Tavern Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: Built in 1909, renovated in 2009, the historic Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant exude southern elegance and charm. A member of the Historic Hotels of America, the hotel's rooms feature modern amenities with wooden furniture handmade by Berea College students.
  Contact info: 100 Main Street
Berea, KY 40404 USA
phone: 859-985-3700
  Room amenities: Historic Hotel. Southern style rocking chairs on the porch. Handmade furniture in the guest rooms. Board games in the lobbies. Laptop located in the lobby for internet access.
  Facility amenities: Coffee pots and coffee in all rooms as well as hair dryers, cable TV, luggage racks, iron and ironing board.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $117 - $135 per night $117 - $135. Make additional night(s) reservations directly with Boone Tavern Hotel. Indicate that you are with the Road Scholar program to stay in your same room.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $117 - $135 per night $117 - $135. Make additional night(s) reservations directly with Boone Tavern Hotel. Indicate that you are with the Road Scholar program to stay in your same room.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4 PM Registration at Hotel, Orientation at 5 PM. You will be staying at Boone Tavern Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at 12:00 noon You will be staying at Boone Tavern Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Health & Safety Form and Housing/Travel Form returned to Program Coordinator prior to arrival.
  Parking availability:
Free parking at Boone Tavern Hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Berea, KY
  Nearest city or town:  Berea
  Nearest highway: Hwy 75
  Nearest airport:  Lexington Bluegrass Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Berea, KY
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Lexington

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$50
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

One Hour 

   

Call coordinator at Berea College for assistance with trip planning and ride-sharing possibility. 859-985-3641.

 
Driving Directions
  I-75 Take Exit #76, from the North turn left off ramp, from the South turn right of the ramp. Continue 2 miles on Hwy. 21 to Boone Tavern Hotel and the Berea College campus. Parking is located on your left behind Boone Tavern.
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: Arrive and Check In; Welcome and Orientation
(Sunday, October 12)

Note: Welcome and Orientation, Introduction to each other and the program week



   
 Afternoon: 4:00 PM check-in at the Boone Tavern Hotel. 5:00 PM Welcome and Program Orientation in the Skylight Room
 Dinner: 6:00PM Regional cuisine served in the Main Dining Room, Boone Tavern Hotel.
   
Accommodations: Boone Tavern Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: A morning trip north to the Bluegrass Region will bring us to the beginning of world of Horses at the Kentucky Horse Park. Lunch will be in the restaurant on sight and attendees will be able to explore the museums at the park.
(Monday, October 13)

Note: The Kentucky Horse Park has many attractions which will require long periods of walking and standing as well as being outdoors.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast available at 7:00-8:30 AM in the Main Dining Room, Boone Tavern Hotel.
 Morning: We will begin the day heading North to the Kentucky Horse Park. The morning activities will be scheduled and include activities such as Horse Drawn Tours, Memorial Walk of Champions, Mare and Foal Show, Horses of the World presentation, and a video, The Reign of Nobility.
 Lunch: Participants will dine at the Kentucky Horse Park in the Bit and Bridle Restaurant From a buffet in a private dining room.
 Afternoon: The afternoon will give participants a chance to explore the Kentucky Horse Park at their leisure and visit the International Museum of the Horse and the American Saddlebred Museum.
 Dinner: Regional cuisine is served at the Boone Tavern Restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Boone Tavern Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Visit Keeneland Racecourse for a backside of the track tour including the morning works and a walk through the shedrows. Lunch at theTrack Kitchen. Tour a Thoroughbred breeding farm and view several champion stallions. Handicapping Session followed by presentation from a Thoroughbred Trainer. Dinner at Boone Tavern Restaurant.
(Tuesday, October 14)

Note: behind the scenes tour of Keeneland racetrack is walking and standing and will last approximately 2 hours. Breeding Farm Tour will be standing for one hour in outdoor conditions.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast available 7:00-8:30 AM in the Main Dining Room, Boone Tavern Hotel.
 Morning: A morning trip north to the Bluegrass Region and the world-renowned Keeneland Racecourse where a knowledgeable guide will will give you an in depth introduction to Kenucky's most well known industry. A view of the morning "works" will give you insights of the strategies for the training of these magnificent four-legged athletes. Then it's on to the Sales Pavillion where you'll see the venue for the exchange of billions of dollars annually. A walk through the shedrows will let you experience the "backside of the track" as you watch grooms and trainers tending to the horses that will be racing in the days soon to follow.
 Lunch: Participants will dine in an informal atmosphere surrounded by professional thoroughbred trainers, exercise riders, grooms and the everyday working people who are the backbone of this Sport of Kings.
 Afternoon: An afternoon drive through some of the Bluegrass' most beautiful countryside will bring you to one of the premiere Thoroughbred breeding farms. Here you'll get a close-up view of champion racehorses that demand hundreds of thousands of dollars in stud fees. An expert guide will leave you with an appreciation of the care, pride and dedication to the industry these farms represent. Hear from a professional trainer and handicapper while learning all the secrets to hunch betting.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served when we arrive back to Boone Tavern Hotel
 Evening: Musical Performance by local musicians
   
Accommodations: Boone Tavern Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Morning transfer to Keeneland/Keeneland Library Tour/Horse Racing/Main Dining Room, Boone Tavern Hotel.
(Wednesday, October 15)

Note: Tour of library will last approximately one hour with some standing but with the option to sit. At the racetrack we will be indoors but participants will have the option to go track side to watch the races.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet available 7:00-8:30 AM in the Main Dining Room, Boone Tavern Hotel.
 Morning: At 9:00 AM the transportation departs to Keeneland for a day of live thoroughbred racing. Upon arrival we'll visit the Keeneland Library, dedicated to the history of the Thoroughbred. Nearly every major trade publication relies on it for information and research. Laura Hillenbrand used it to research her best-selling non-fiction book, "Seabiscuit". We will also have a session on handicapping to introduce participants to the racing form, how to read it, and how to bet based on the facts combined with their best hunch guesses. From there it's on to the Keeneland grandstand where the rest of the day will be spent in the dining room overlooking the track (jacket/tie required for gentlemen).
 Lunch: A lavish buffet lunch will be served in a private dining room atop the Keeneland grandstand. A full service bar and exclusive betting windows are also available in the room.
 Afternoon: The first race goes off at 1:15 PM Watch the afternoon of racing from the exclusive track-view room atop the clubhouse or mingle with other race fans in the paddock where the horses parade close-up before each race.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served when we arrive back to Boone Tavern Hotel
 Evening: Relax and enjoy the ambiance of the Boone Tavern Hotel
   
Accommodations: Boone Tavern Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Voluntary Tour of Berea College. Road to the Triple Crown/Departures at Leisure/Lunch at Boone Tavern dining room
(Thursday, October 16)

Note: The documentary will be approximately two hours long followed by lunch at Boone Tavern Restaurant with departures at participants leisure.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet available 7:00-8:30 AM in the Main Dining Room, Boone Tavern Hotel.
 Morning: Voluntary tour of Berea College. A final wrap-up that puts the past few days into perspective includes a viewing of the documentary, "First Saturday in May", which follows the course that five professional trainers take en route to the Kentucky Derby and the grueling schedule of preparatory races, and qualifications required to make it to the Kentucky Derby's "Run for the Roses". Attendees will understand why such an amazing feat of equine athleticism combined with an incredible streak of luck is so rare.
 Lunch: Attendees will eat from a limited menu in the Boone Tavern Dining Room. Departure at leisure to follow.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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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