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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Experience the pageantry, tradition and heart-pounding thrill of “the most exciting two minutes in sports” at the 140th 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
Walking two miles on uneven surfaces, standing for one to two hours. Climbing a few flights of stairs. Getting on/off coach.

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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Amanda Cobb
Amanda has worked for Berea College since 2007 in the Conference Services Department. Besides being the Program Provider for the many Road Scholar programs Berea College hosts each year, she also assists with event and facility logistics on campus. She holds a Bachelor’s in Recreation and Park Administration from Eastern Kentucky University. She resides in Berea, Kentucky with her husband and son.
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