With two Triple Crown winners in the past three racing seasons, the Kentucky Derby is higher-stakes than ever. This perfect experience in Thoroughbred Country gives you and three guests elite access to the action.
Your Derby Week starts in Lexington, the heart of American Thoroughbred racing. Over two nights, you’ll attend a private winery dinner and the Kentucky Bluegrass Wine Auction at Donamire Farm, where Don and Mira Ball have bred contenders since 1983.
Then it’s on to Louisville for two days of racing at world-famous Churchill Downs: the Kentucky Oaks for three-year-old fillies, and the 145th Kentucky Derby. On your backstretch tour, you’ll join media, owners and trainers to watch training rides and hear a talk with racing’s crème de la crème, like Bob Baffert – trainer of Triple Crown winners American Pharaoh and Justify – and four-time Derby-winning trainer Wayne Lukas.
Derby Day starts with breakfast hosted by celebrity chef and TV personality Bobby Flay, an ambassador for Sentient Jet. And you won’t need to jockey for a good view of the races, as your Sentient-hosted balcony suite offers an unobstructed sightline as well as a chef’s buffet, open bar and flat-screen TV. There’s also a private wagering machine – but no matter who claims the roses, this package is a winner.
Donors: Sentient Jet, Lexington Cancer Foundation, Thoroughbred Daily News, Napa Valley Festival Association
Trip Dates: May 1 – 5, 2019. Designed for two couples.