Make “A Run for the Roses” at the Kentucky Derby and the Oaks
Fulfill a dream and come to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby! Plus, go beyond the race at a horse breeding farm and enjoy tastings at a local bourbon distillery.
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Program No. 20593RJ
7 days
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Getting There
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At a Glance

Experience the pageantry, tradition and heart-pounding thrill of “the most exciting two minutes in sports” at the 144th 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!
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Each day will be walking at least 1.5 miles. The days of the Oaks and Derby require walking over 2 miles over uneven surfaces (sidewalks, grass and broken blacktop) and climbing several flights of stairs in both directions. This is an outdoor sporting event with an estimated attendance of 175,000 people. Event space is be very crowded, and assistance entering and exiting Churchill Downs is unavailable. Participants are required to walk approximately 3/4 of a mile through the area surrounding the track where there will be traffic and large crowds. We will travel by motor coach up to 2 hours each day.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • 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!
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