Keeneland: Kentucky’s Connection to Thoroughbred Racing
Learn the story of Kentucky’s proud racing traditions as you visit a historic breeding farm, speak with professional trainers, explore Kentucky Horse Park and spend a day at the races.
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Arrive and Check In; Welcome and Orientation
Berea, KY
Boone Tavern Hotel

Activity 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.

Bluegrass Region, Horses at the Kentucky Horse Park
Berea, KY
Boone Tavern Hotel

Activity 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, Draft Horse 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.

Evening: Musical presentation provided by local musicians.

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.
Berea, KY
Boone Tavern Hotel

Activity 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 handicapper while learning all the secrets to hunch betting.

Dinner: Dinner will be served when we arrive back to Boone Tavern Hotel

Evening: Hear about the behind the scenes life of a jockey from a retired jockey and Director of the Jockey School at Bluegrass Community and Technical College.

A Day at the Races!
Berea, KY
Boone Tavern Hotel

Activity note: 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 10:00 AM the transportation departs to Keeneland for a day of live thoroughbred racing. Upon arrival we'll head to the Keeneland grandstand where the rest of the day will be spent in the dining room atop the grandstands watching the Sport of Kings! (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 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

Berea College, Road to the Triple Crown, Program Concludes
Berea, KY

Activity 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.

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