Join us at Churchill Downs for the most electric two minutes in sport as you experience the stylish Kentucky Derby the way it was meant to be seen – up close and personal from your Millionaire's Row seating. See the sweat glistening on the shoulders of thoroughbred giants, sip mint juleps in the prestigious clubhouse and attend the hottest celebrity-filled parties in town. Where you sit at the track is paramount to your experience of the race and these are the best seats in the house. The better vantage point is high up in the stadium and close to the finish line. This way you can see the winning stallion ride into victory with your own two eyes!
The wind is still, the sun is shining and the subtle scent of mint perfume is the air... Welcome the legendary Kentucky Derby. The hypnotic drawl and extravagant hats of the Southern aristocracy lulls one into a dreamlike trance, until suddenly the spell is broken as 20 of the fastest horses in the world burst out of the gates. A mighty roar erupts from the crowd as 80 hoofs carrying up to a half-ton of thoroughbred muscle pound around a 1 ¼ mile dirt track over the space of roughly 90 seconds in pursuit of the single most coveted trophy in horse racing.
Speak to your destination expert to customize your experience of the Derby, add more private tours to private touring or even an evening out at one of the various VIP parties taking place this weekend.
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The Seelbach Hilton Hotel (4*) is ideally situated in the center of downtown Louisville's arts and culture community. You'll find the Kentucky International Convention Center only three blocks away. The hotel offers you the atmosphere of a bygone era coupled with modern amenities and state-of-the-art technology - including high-speed internet access in all rooms. Step into the "golden era" at The Oakroom, Kentucky's first and only AAA Five Diamond restaurant award-winner since 1998. Hand-carved lion's head columns, ornate wood accents and brass chandeliers are reminiscent of its original gentlemen's-billiards-hall décor originating around 1907. Experience the heart and soul of Kentucky with a visit to Old Seelbach Bar, now restored to its authentic, early 1900 décor. For those who want to work out the hotel provide a state-of-the-art fitness center.
Semi-Private transfers are available and included in your itinerary.
Upon your arrival to the track you will receive an exclusive package with your Tickets in the Millionaires Row on the 4th Floor, access to a the full service-in-track Hospitality, VIP Fast Access Pass, and an Offical Kentucky Derby® 140 Gift Bag.
If you're looking for that ultra high-end experience that's sure to impress the most discerning individual, you've come to the right place. Millionaires Row, at Churchill Downs®, is the place for corporate leaders to mingle, network and enjoy the action at the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby!
The Kentucky Oaks event is as old as the “Run for the Roses” but features fillies and lilies and lots of things women love. The Kentucky Oaks is famous for Grade I stakes race for three-year-old Thoroughbred fillies staged annually in Louisville. Known as the “Lilies for the Fillies”, the winner receives a large garland of lilies and silver Kentucky Oaks Trophy. With a chilled mint julep in your hand, you will bask in the unforgettable atmosphere with beautiful ladies wearing fancy hats juxaposed by horses charging towards their stake to victory.
This black‐tie event not only features a celebrity red carpet entrance, cocktail reception, gourmet dinner, and dancing, but also deluxe specialty bars, live and silent auction and keepsake photos. Past auction items include: tickets to the Emmy Awards, game tickets in the L.A. Lakers Owner’s Suite, poker game with Phil Hellmuth, and Masters golf tournament and World Series tickets. Attendees will also have the opportunity to mingle with celebrities from film, television, sports and music. Past attendees included: Joe Piscopo, Evander Holyfield, Valerie Bertinelli, Warren Moon and a performance by Grammy Winning Country Music Star Josh Turner. The Julep Ball benefits the James Graham Brown Cancer Center.
This exclusive Kentucky Derby® experience is inclusive of an in-suite full hospitality venue located in Millionaires Row. This venue boasts a special viewing platform offering you a phenomenal view of the track. An Open Bar is available offering non–alcoholic beverages (Alcoholic beverages for purchase, are not included) between 8AM and 6PM, married along with some Gourmet Food Buffets from 11AM to 4PM. Private Wagering Stations and simulcast TV coverage is also made available in this venue.
We will arrive early to allow for plenty of time to enjoy the parade of hats on display. From the fantastic to the sublime the quirky to the extravagant, there are no rules or limits. The more refined and elegant ladies sport classy, fashionable styles in the clubhouse and paddock, while the eccentric and downright outrageous headgear is reserved for the infield. Sit back and watch the action from the your seats until the moment of the race, when an audience of over 150,000 suddenly falls silent in hushed anticipation of the starting bell. After the adrenaline-rush of watching the winner cross the finish line right before your eyes, take some time to enjoy the post-race scene before returning to your hotel by transfer.
Experience why Kentucky is world famous! This fun and informative tour takes you through the heart and soul of Kentucky’s Bluegrass horse country. See a world class private farm that is home to current and future Derby stars and studs. If there is an art form native to Kentucky… it is the art of making Bourbon! Explore the Bourbon Trail where you can see the art of Bourbon-making being practiced much as it was 200 years ago. Visit the producers of “America’s only Native Spirit” and experience the magic. Tour includes a tasting.
The Kentucky Derby is a Grade I stakes race for three-year-old Thoroughbred horses, held annually in Louisville, Kentucky, United States on the first Saturday in May, capping the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival.
The race is one and a quarter mile (2 km) at Churchill Downs. Colts and geldings carry 126 pounds (57.2 kg) and fillies 121 pounds (54.9 kg). The race is known in the United States as "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports" or "The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports" for its approximate duration, and is also called "The Run for the Roses" for the blanket of roses draped over the winner. It is the first leg of the United States Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing and is followed by the Preakness Stakes then the Belmont Stakes. The horse must win all three to win the Triple Crown. The attendance at the Kentucky Derby ranks first in North America and usually surpasses the attendance of all other stakes races including the Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes and the Breeders' Cup
The Kentucky Derby is one of the USA's oldest Thoroughbred horse races (the Phoenix Stakes being the oldest, first run in 1831). From the time the region was settled, the fields of the Bluegrass region were noted for producing superior racehorses. In 1872, Col. Meriwether Lewis Clark, Jr., grandson of William Clark of the Lewis and Clark expedition, traveled to England, visiting the Epsom Derby, a famous race that had been running annually since 1780. From there, Clark went on to Paris, France, where in 1863, a group of racing enthusiasts had formed the French Jockey Club and had organized the Grand Prix de Paris, which at the time was the greatest race in France.
In addition to the race itself, a number of traditions play a large role in the Derby atmosphere. The Mint Julep, an iced drink consisting of bourbon, mint and sugar syrup is the traditional beverage of the race. The historic drink can be served in an ice-frosted silver julep cup but most Churchill Downs patrons sip theirs from souvenir glasses (first offered in 1939 and available in revised form each year since) printed with all previous Derby winners. Also, burgoo, a thick stew of beef, chicken, pork and vegetables, is a popular Kentucky dish served at the Derby.
The Kentucky Oaks is a Grade I stakes race for three-year-old Thoroughbred fillies staged annually in Louisville, Kentucky, United States. The race currently covers 1? miles (1811 m) at Churchill Downs; the horses carry 121 pounds (54.9 kg). The Kentucky Oaks is held on the Friday before the Kentucky Derby each year. The winner gets a $500,000 purse and a large garland of lilies, affectionately called the "Lillies for the Fillies." A silver Kentucky Oaks Trophy is presented to the winner.
The Kentucky Oaks is considered by some to be among the most popular horse races in American horse-racing society due to its high attendance. It attracts about 100,000 people in attendance a year since 2001's 127th running of the Kentucky Oaks. In 1980 it was about 50,000 people and by 1989, it had reached about 67,000 people. The attendance at the Kentucky Oaks ranks third in the continent and usually surpasses the attendance of all other stakes races including the Belmont Stakes and the Breeders' Cup. The attendance of the Kentucky Oaks typically only trails the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, for more information see American Thoroughbred Racing top Attended Events.
In local culture despite the increasing number of out-of-state visitors who came to the race every year, the "Oaks" (as local residents simply refer to it) has always been considered to be a local event by the people of Kentuckiana (the Ohio Valley, centered around Louisville, and consisting of much of northern Kentucky and southern Indiana). Large crowds of Louisvillians and others from the Kentuckiana attend the Oaks annually and the infield of the race track hosts numerous musical attractions, boardwalk games, and food and alcoholic beverage vendors. Bringing in one's own alcohol is forbidden at Churchill Downs and many locals revel in finding ingenious ways to smuggle in their own libations, rather than pay the inflated prices inside Churchill Downs. Most every school and quite a few businesses in the Kentuckiana region treat the Oaks as a holiday. Perhaps out of self-consciousness for the gambling aspect of the race, none of the region's schools declare that the holiday is explicitly because of the Oaks and most simply say it is an "administrative holiday."
Louisville Clock (often called the Louisville Derby Clock)
The infield, a spectator area inside the track, offers general admission prices but little chance of seeing much of the race. Instead, revelers show up in the infield to party with abandon. By contrast, "Millionaire's Row" refers to the expensive box seats that attract the rich, the famous and the well-connected. Women appear in fine outfits lavishly accessorized with large, elaborate hats. As the horses are paraded before the grandstands, the University of Louisville Marching Band plays Stephen Foster's "My Old Kentucky Home".
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