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

Program Number: 20593RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/27/2015 - 5/3/2015; 5/2/2016 - 5/8/2016;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Berea, Kentucky
Price starting at: $4,799.00 - 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    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free; Low Fat; Low Salt    

Experience the pageantry, tradition and heart-pounding thrill of “the most exciting two minutes in sports” at the 142nd 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.


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.

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.

Berea: Historical hotel in charming setting. Louisville: comfortable hotel near Churchill Downs and airport. Free hotel shuttle to Louisville airport.
Meals and Lodgings
   Boone Tavern Hotel
  Berea, KY 4 nights
   Comfort Suites Airport
  Louisville, KY 2 nights
 Boone Tavern Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: Built in 1909 to house the many visitors to the college, Boone Tavern Hotel, part of the Historic Hotels of America, has gained a reputation for elegant dining and a welcoming atmosphere. Berea College students play a big part at Boone Tavern Hotel by providing guests with friendly and courteous service in the Hotel and Dining Room. These students work 10 to 15 hours weekly while carrying a full academic load. Since 1855, all of Berea's 1500 students are employed in one or more of 140 work areas at the college.
  Contact info: 100 Main St.
Berea, KY 40403 USA
phone: 800-366-9358
  Room amenities: Coffee pots and coffee in all rooms as well as hair dryers, cable TV, luggage racks, iron and ironing board.
  Facility amenities: Historic Hotel. Southern style rocking chairs on the porch. Handmade furniture in the guest rooms. Board games in the lobbies. Wireless internet in all rooms. Business Center located in the lobby with laptop for internet access. Limited laptops available at front desk for check out. Gift Shop.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $90 - $110. 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

 Comfort Suites Airport
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Comfort Suites Airport is ideally located just five minutes from the Louisville International Airport. This Louisville, KY hotel is minutes from the University of Louisville, Churchill Downs, Sullivan University, Papa John's Cardinal Stadium and the Kentucky International Convention Center. A golf course, movie theatre and casino are nearby for entertainment needs. Several specialty restaurants and cocktail lounges are located in the surrounding area.
  Contact info: 6535 Paramount Park Drive
Louisville, KY 40213 USA
phone: 502-964-0740
  Room amenities: In room coffee maker In room desk Iron and Ironing Board Microwave Refrigerator Wake-up service
  Facility amenities: Free wired and wireless high-speed Internet access Free airport transportation Free local calls Free weekday newspaper Fitness Center Guest use copy machine Guest use fax machine Guest laundry Hi-speed Internet access Accessible rooms Indoor pool Interior corridors No smoking Valet cleaning services Free hot breakfast Free airport shuttle with reservation
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: Call for pricing Please call hotel to book additional nights.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 PM program registration at hotel. You will be staying at Boone Tavern Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
9:00 AM. You will be staying at Comfort Suites Airport the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
There is no charge for parking at the Boone Tavern in Berea. In Louisville, self-parking at the at the Comfort Suites Airport is free of charge.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Berea, KY
  Nearest city or town:  Berea; Richmond (12 miles)
  Nearest highway: I-75.
  Nearest airport:  Lexington Bluegrass Airport (LEX), Lexington, KY.
  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




Hotel Shuttle
Berea College Shuttle
phone: 859-985-3641
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


$65.00 per person
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


1 hour depending on traffic 




50 miles


Please make arrangements with program coordinator to arrange transportation from Lexington airport to Berea/Boone Tavern.




To Airport




Hotel Shuttle
Comfort Inn Shuttle
phone: 502-964-0740


Per Person/One Way:


no charge
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


15 minutes depending on traffic 




4 miles


Hotel provides complimentary shuttle from Comfort Inn to Louisville airport. Please call hotel in advance to reserve departure time as shuttle capacity is limited. Hotel will reserve a shuttle departure time for you, but may fill up on Sunday morning, when many departures are expected.




To Airport




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


Per Person/One Way:


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


Travel Time:


15 minutes depending on traffic 




4 miles

Driving Directions
  From the East Take I-64 W to I-75 South. Take exit 77and turn left. At second stop light turn right on Walnut Meadow Road/595. You will go approximately 2 miles and arrive to the Berea College Campus. At the first stop light you come to on campus, go straight through and to a four way stop. Turn left and the Boone Tavern parking lot will be the first turn on your left.
  From the North Take I-75 South. Take exit 77and turn left. At second stop light turn right on Walnut Meadow Road/595. You will go approximately 2 miles and arrive to the Berea College Campus. At the first stop light you come to on campus, go straight through and to a four way stop. Turn left and the Boone Tavern parking lot will be the first turn on your left.
  From the South Take I-75 North. Take exit 77and turn right. At stop light turn right on Walnut Meadow Road/595. You will go approximately 2 miles and arrive to the Berea College Campus. At the first stop light you come to on campus, go straight through and to a four way stop. Turn left and the Boone Tavern parking lot will be the first turn on your left.
  From the West Take I-64 W to I-75 South. Take exit 77and turn left. At second stop light turn right on Walnut Meadow Road/595. You will go approximately 2 miles and arrive to the Berea College Campus. At the first stop light you come to on campus, go straight through and to a four way stop. Turn left and the Boone Tavern parking lot will be the first turn on your left.
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
(Monday, April 27)
 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 Race Park, the Kentucky Horse Park, Thoroughbred Center, Churchill Downs, and Old Friends, a facility for retired thoroughbreds.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner, catered at the hotel, allows time to become acquainted with your fellow participants and program staff.
 Evening: Welcome reception and free time
Accommodations: Boone Tavern Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Kentucky Horse Park, Old Friends Rescue/Retirement Facility, History of the Derby Presentation
(Tuesday, April 28)

Note: Walking and standing in museum at Kentucky Horse Park; walking outdoors through pastures at Old Friends

 Breakfast: Hot breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Begin your exploration of all things horses with a visit to the Kentucky Horse Park. This 1,200 acre working horse farm is surrounded by 30 miles of white plank fencing. The park features two museums, 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. Ride a horse-drawn trolley around the facility. Attend the "Horses of the World" show, which highlights the unique characteristics of selected breeds, while authentically costumed handlers put the horses through their paces. After the show, pet your favorite horses and take photos, if you like. Stop by the barn, farrier shop, and the tack and harness shop to get an up-close look all the equipment used in horse racing. Visit the Hall of Champions to pay your respects to previous race winners, alive and dead.
 Lunch: Lunch is provided on the grounds of the Horse Park.
 Afternoon: Continue your visit to the Kentucky Horse Park. Get a taste of the exotic in the Al-Marah Arabian Horse gallery. Top off your experience with the International Museum of the Horse, the largest and most comprehensive museum dedicated to the history of the horse and its impact on civilization. Exhibits will increase your understanding of the importance of the horse in different cultures throughout time.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP to Old Friends - A Kentucky facility for retired thoroughbreds. The Old Friends facility gives a dignified retirement to thoroughbreds whose racing and breeding careers have come to an end. You'll walk through pastures visiting the retired and rescued animals. Feed or pet them, if you wish.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Historic Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant.
 Evening: PRESENTATION: From the Executive Director of Equine Programming for the North American Racing Academy at Bluegrass Community and Technical College, hear about hot topics in the horse racing industry. An amatuer rider and jockey, Remi Bellocq, will talk about what it takes to be a jockey and bring silks, saddles and weights to demonstrate how weight and load requirements are met. Remi is the son of the noted Daily Racing Form cartoonist Peb, and will discuss both the Associaton and the Derby.
Accommodations: Boone Tavern Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Thoroughbred Center, Walmac Stallion Facility, Woodford Reserve Distillery, Hot Topics in the Racing Industry presentation
(Wednesday, April 29)

Note: Some walking around thoroughbred facility to view tracks and race barns. Standing and walking through distillery with guide.

 Breakfast: Hot breakfast served daily at the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: 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. You may catch your first glimpse of horses training during their morning workouts. Closer inspection of thoroughbreds at the center will reveal the power and massive size of the magnificent animals. At the Welcome Center, take a peek inside the sales pavilion, where high-stakes purchases are made by owners trying to pick the next Derby winner.
 Lunch: Lunch provided at distillery.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Head out to Woodford Reserve, 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 the Historic Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant.
 Evening: Enjoy local musicians, Al, Alice, and Ruth who will preform a mix of bluegrass, gospel, and folk music. This evening entertainment is sure to make you clap or tap your feet along with the music and will no doubt bring a smile to your face.
Accommodations: Boone Tavern Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Keeneland Racing Facility, Kentucky Culinary Traditions, Derby Prep Course
(Thursday, April 30)

Note: Walking through Keeneland race track, around grounds

 Breakfast: Hot breakfast served daily at the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Expert-led exploration of Keeneland, a combination Thoroughbred race course and sales company in the heart of Kentucky's famed Bluegrass Region. Walk through the track and its beautiful grounds. Your guide will explain track operations and management. See why Keeneland is the world's premier thoroughbred auction house, selling more champions and winners than anyone else. Find out why horse buyers from around the world come to Keeneland to shop for winners.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch on the Keeneland grounds, at the Track Kitchen amoungst the trainers and jockeys.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP to Walmac Breeding Facility. At your behind-the-scenes exploration of Walmac Stallion Facility, you'll get to inspect the breeding barns and find out more about the importance of thoroughbred blood lines and the high dollar process used to try to breed future winners.
 Afternoon: PRESENTATION: The history of the Kentucky Derby. Find out how horse racing in the area evolved to become the most exciting two minutes in sports. A professor will share the history of horse racing and the development of the Kentucky Derby and other thoroughbred races around the country. You'll have a new understanding of how horses qualify for the Derby and the difficulty of selecting and training a horse that can qualify for the top-tier races.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Historic Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant.
 Evening: PRESENTATION: The odds will be in your favor after our expert teaches you the ins and outs of horse race betting. Learn the difference between a quinella, an exacta and a trifecta, as our expert walks you through the step-by-step process used to bet on the horses. He'll provide a useful handout you can use to help ensure you are placing your bet correctly and in an informed manner. Find out how the odds are calculated, and why some experts place bets based on jockeys, instead of the horses.
Accommodations: Boone Tavern Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: The Kentucky Oaks Races at Churchill Downs
(Friday, May 1)

Note: Travel to Louisville and spend the day at the races

 Breakfast: Hot breakfast served daily at the hotel.
 Morning: Off to the races! Check out of the Lexington hotel and travel to Louisville. Go to Churchill Downs for Oaks Day. The first running of the Longines Kentucky Oaks was on May 19, 1875 when Churchill Downs was known as the Louisville Jockey Club. The race was founded by Meriwether Lewis Clark, Jr. along with the Kentucky Derby. The Oaks and the Derby are the oldest continuously contested sporting events in history, and the only horse races to be held at their original site since its conception. The Longines Kentucky Oaks was modeled after the British Epsom Oaks.
 Lunch: Lunch at Churchill Downs. Your two-day pass to the Downs includes all-day access to an air conditioned lounge, with an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet, complimentary beer, wine and sodas, private restrooms, and simulcast TV coverage.
 Afternoon: Get your first taste of the real thing as you watch races all afternoon, culminating in the Oaks race at the end of the day. The Oaks is a Grade I stakes race for three-year-old fillies. The winner is awarded a garland of lillies. Don't forget to wear pink in honor of breast cancer awareness.
 Dinner: Meet our private vans just outside the stadium gates and retire to the hotel to relax with a catered dinner at the end of an exciting day.
Accommodations: Comfort Suites Airport
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: The Kentucky Derby- The Run for the Roses
(Saturday, May 2)

Note: Depart in the morning or at noon by private van to Churchill Downs.

 Breakfast: Hot breakfast served at the hotel daily.
 Morning: Choose between two departure times to return to Churchill Downs for the big day. Your private van will drop you off near the gate, then head up to your grandstand seat to watch races throughout the day, as the tension and excitement builds up to the Derby race! Try your hand picking winners in some early races if you want. Watch the races from your third floor grandstand seat or on the TV simulcast in the air conditioned lounge. Our expert will be on hand to answer questions that arise about the races or betting.
 Lunch: Lunch is served on an all-you-can eat buffet in the lounge, along with beer, wine and sodas. Cocktails are available at a cash bar. The lounge has private restrooms, and TV simulcast of all races.
 Afternoon: Racing continues at Churchill Downs featuring the grand finale "The Run for the Roses" and ceremony following. Find out if your pick wins during the Derby race, and watch as a garland of roses is draped on the winner.
 Dinner: Meet the private vans near the gate and bid farewell to Churchill Downs as you enjoy a going away dinner with your new Road Scholar friends. Find out who picked the winners as you reflect on your week of fun and discovery.
 Evening: Free time to wind-down after a day at the races.
Accommodations: Comfort Suites Airport
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Breakfast/departures.
(Sunday, May 3)
 Breakfast: Breakfast/departures. Hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to Louisville airport. Please call in advance to reserve shuttle time.
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
  Berea, KY Berea
Berea is a mecca for artists and craftsmen who make beautiful treasures. Don't miss out on the new Kentucky Artisan Center displaying crafts, books, music and food of Kentucky. Berea also hosts a number of antique stores. For additional information, visit
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

Kentucky Derby

Author: Joe Hirsch and Jim Bolus

Description: Close-up photographs showing all aspects of the Kentucky Derby, often in full-page sequential action shots, lend a particular excitement to this book and make the reader feel right on the scene. The text begins with the foaling of possible candidates (of 40,000 eligible thoroughbreds, only 20 actually gain the chance to compete) and follows the horses through yearling auctions, training, and the minutest details of Derby day, leading with clockwork precision up to the winning moment. Concurrently, the past 100 years of Derby history is also told.

Run for the Roses: 100 Years at the Kentucky Derby

Author: Jim Bolus

Description: Book about Derby history from one of the foremost authorities on the subject.

The Most Glorious Crown: Story of America's Triple Crown Thoroughbreds from Sir Barton to Affirmed

Author: Marvin Drager

Description: The definitive work on this rare coronation, this book delves into the history, personalities, and subplots of each of the 11 Triple Crown champions. From Sir Barton in 1919 through Affirmed in 1978, each Triple Crown winner has exhibited a true personality and charisma befitting of super stardom and renowned author Marvin Drager's prose brings to life these 11 remarkable stories.

The Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

Author: William Ferris and Charles R. Wilson

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

The Kentucky Thoroughbred

Author: Kent Hollingsworth

Description: Kent Hollingsworth captures the flavor and atmosphere of the Sport of Kings in the dramatic account of the development of the Thoroughbred in Kentucky. Ranging from frontier days, when racing was conducted in open fields as horse-to-horse challenges between proud owners, to the present, when a potential Triple Crown champion may sell for millions of dollars, The Kentucky Thoroughbred considers ten outstanding stallions that dominated the shape of racing in their time as representing the many eras of Kentucky Thoroughbred breeding. No less colorful are his accounts of the owners, breeders, trainers, and jockeys associated with these Thoroughbreds, a group devoted to a sport filled with high adventure and great hazards.

Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography

Author: Jean Baker

Description: This definitive biography of Mary Todd Lincoln beautifully conveys her tumultuous life and times. A privileged daughter of the proud clan that founded Lexington, Kentucky, Mary fell into a stormy romance with the raw Illinois attorney Abraham Lincoln. For twenty-five years the Lincolns forged opposing temperaments into a tolerant, loving marriage. Even as the nation suffered secession and civil war, Mary experienced the tragedies of losing three of her four children and then her husband. An insanity trial orchestrated by her surviving son led to her confinement in an asylum. Mary Todd Lincoln is still often portrayed in one dimension, as the stereotype of the best-hated faults of all women. Here her life is restored for us whole.

Lexington: Heart of the Bluegrass

Author: John D. Wright

Description: This is a perceptively written, generously illustrated chronicle of the founding and development of a unique and vibrant community that has served as the cultural and economic center of Kentucky's famed Bluegrass region for more than 200 years.

Rebel Raider: the Life of General John Hunt Morgan

Author: James A. Ramage

Description: The first full biography of the famous Confederate cavalry leader from Kentucky. It provides fresh, unpublished information on all aspects of Morgan's life and furnishes a new perspective on the Civil War.

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