Pricing

Starting at $2,300 per person, double occupancy, land only

Overview

Experience the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby, the first jewel of the Triple Crown of thoroughbred horseracing. The “Run for the Roses” has been an event since 1875 and you can experience this equestrian classic with fellow Wahoos, without any of the hassles of driving yourself in and out of Churchill Downs. Enjoy First Floor Grandstand or 3rd floor covered seating on race day, May 5, 2019.

Program Highlights

  • Enjoy private motor coach transportation to and from the hotel and Kentucky Derby.
  • Includes three nights’ accommodations at the Hilton Garden Inn in Louisville with transfers to and from all included activities
  • Tour a race horse breeding farm
  • Visit a bourbon distillery
  • Enjoy First Floor Grandstand tickets to the Kentucky Derby on Saturday or upgrade to 3rd floor seating
  • Relax with friends at a mint julep and hors d’oeuvres reception

Itinerary

Day 1 - Thursday, May 2

Arrive / Reception

Check in to the hotel after independent arrival. Tonight, we will be hosted by the UVa Club of Louisville for a private reception and dinner.

Day 2 - Friday, May 3

Horse Farm / Bourbon Distillery

Take a behind the scenes tour of a horse farm and learn about race horse breeding from inside the industry.

This gently rolling, mineral-rich land in the heart of North America’s richest limestone/bluegrass region provides a perfect natural base on which to raise young runners of exceptional quality.

After lunch, we will tour one of Kentucky’s historic bourbon distilleries and return to the hotel.

This evening, enjoy an hors d’oeuvres reception at the hotel with others attending the Derby.

Tonight, you are on your own to explore fantastic Louisville with other alums or on your own. Perhaps you’ll enjoy one of the excellent restaurants on Bardstown road or catch some music at Louisville’s famous 4th Street Live premier dining, entertainment and retail destination in the heart of historic downtown. The whole town is hopping with Kentucky Derby festivities.

Day 3 - Saturday, May 4

Derby Day!

Derby Day! We will be transferred to Churchill Downs for the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby.

Traditionally, the first Saturday in May features what is known as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” or “The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports” for its approximate duration. The Derby is also called “The Run for the Roses” for the blanket of roses draped over the winner. The race is one and a quarter miles (2 km) at Churchill Downs. Colts and geldings carry 126 pounds (57.2 kg) and fillies 121 pounds (54.9 kg). 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 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.

Day 4 - Sunday, May 5

Depart

After breakfast,the program is concluded and you can return home.

Accommodations

Hilton Garden Inn Louisville East
Complimentary high-speed internet access, Restaurant serving breakfast, 24-hour business center, Fitness center and pool.

Meals

Buffet breakfast daily, reception and dinner Thursday evening

Program Fees

1st floor grandstand: section 124: $2,300 per person, double occupancy
3rd floor grandstand: sections 324-325, undercover (rows C-L): $3,400 per person, double occupancy
Singles: +$600

Price Includes:

  • Three night accommodations at the Hilton Garden Inn, located 15 minutes from Churchill Downs
  • Welcome reception at hotel Friday afternoon, featuring beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • Friday trip to race horse farm or equivalent and bourbon distillery tour
  • Transfers to and from Churchill Downs on Saturday
  • Ticket to the Kentucky Derby and reserved seating in our 1st floor Grandstand section
  • Single rooms are available for an additional $600 single supplement

Price does not include:

  • Transportation from or to the Louisville airport, meals not mentioned in the itinerary, and anything not mentioned as included.

Ticket upgrades available:

Most of our travelers will sit in our first floor grandstand seats but upgrades are available:

  • 3rd Floor Grandstand (sections 324-325- seats)- $3,400 per person
  • 3rd Floor Clubhouse seats are also available

General Terms & Conditions

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Payment Information

  • A $500 deposit is required at the time of reservation.
  • Final payment is due March 2, 2019.
  • Payment types accepted are company or personal check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover.
  • Credit cards are accepted only with a signed authorization letter.
  • A three percent administrative fee will apply to all final payment made by credit card. Final payments made by check are not subject to 3% bank fee.

Tickets to Events:

  • Unless otherwise stated in writing, all event tickets will be issued on the day of the event.
  • Tickets to events will be issued in pairs.
  • Odd numbers of tickets together (3, 5, etc.) and seat locations in specific rows, sections, levels are not guaranteed.
  • Should an event be cancelled, Esoteric Sports will refund only the face value of the event tickets.

Cancellations and Refunds

  • Final payment is due at booking. Non refundable
  • No refunds will be given for any unused components or portions of the program.

Esoteric Sports reserves the right to cancel any reservations without notice if deposit or final payment has not been received by due date.

IV. Tickets to Events:
Unless otherwise stated in writing, all event tickets will be issued on the day of the event.

  • Tickets to events will be issued in pairs.
  • Odd numbers of tickets together (3, 5, etc.) and seat locations in specific rows, sections, levels are not guaranteed.
  • Esoteric Sports is not responsible for the theft, loss, delay, destruction or misplacement of any tickets mailed, express delivered, left at event will-call or hotel front or concierge desks.
  • Should an event be cancelled, Esoteric Sports will refund only the face value of the event tickets.

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