The Kentucky derby isn’t just a race, its an experience. From the 150,000 + spectators and punters alike that flock to Churchill Downs for the race that stops a nation there is no sport that can compare to that bone tingling two minutes as does the sport of kings.
From Horse Trainers & Owners, who have invested thousands of hours planning strategies to get there Horse accepted into the Kentucky derby & Triple crown it isn’t an easy path. From 4am workouts to late night video replays having a runner in the most prestige race in the world is not by chance, its the sports greatest honor.
Then there is the Jockeys, who have been saddling up for 12 months trying to find that 1 derby mount to take them into history, making sacrifices along the way that some of us truly have to see to believe.
Then The Fans! We get to enjoy the Hard work of all in the industry to come together for one giant historic weekend once a year to celebrate what truly is the race that stops the nation.
For sporting fans around the Globe this is a must do & we’ve got your covered on how to do it best!!!
Where to Stay
Galt House Hotel.
Located in the heart of Louisville, the Galt hosts the Triple crown club.
The Triple Crown Club is on two levels of the SUITE Tower. Guests can relax and unwind in a private lounge with fabulous water views and VIP amenities. The floors and lounge are key-card protected for ultimate exclusivity. Triple Crown Suites have sweeping views of the waterfront or downtown.
This is the best Hotel to get the full Kentucky Derby vibe & in the true spirit, all guests within the club are there for the same reason as you and what better way to trade insider tips, form analysis and get your geared up for the big day! Share a pre game mint julep with other keen racegoers sharing in the roar excitement and enthusiasm of the days ahead!
Things To Do
To get in the full spirit of Derby weekend you want to get into town a few days early.
I recommend trying to fly in on the Wednesday afternoon, gives you enough time to get that pristine suit to the dry cleaners and get a solid nights rest. Thursday should be spent soaking up in the rich & storied history of the weekend. What better way to do it than soaking in some world famous Kentucky Bourbon. A Full Day Tour of a Legendary Kentucky Bourbon Distillery will set you back $209pp and includes a guided expert journey, tastings & lunch. This rich tradition and proud history through “Americas official native spirit” will leave you with a lifetime of appreciation for every Bourbon you taste from here on out.
Friday is the legendary Oaks day, make sure to back a winner and get an early nights rest for the main event.
Saturday is Game Day! The moment you’ve been waiting for, be sure to be Up and about early to secure yourself a great spot to watch the race, gates open at 8am with first post at 10.30.
Sunday time to hang up the suit get in an early hangover cure before boarding the flight home a very rich man. If not with the color green then with experience!
What to wear
Bring your A game for the Derby, only your very best suit and tie for this showcase of fashion! Whether your sillying it up with a group of mates or keeping it classy be sure to dress to impress! Don’t forget the shoes, shoes make the Suit!
Manscape 101 – No silly shavings, clean cut & shaven is the only way to rock the suit to impress that very special filly!
How to Bet
Large Race Meetings such as the Kentucky Derby are naturally races rich with talent & value.
You want to make sure to get your best bets on at arrival on track, the last thing you want to do is be the desperate punter in line who just misses out on that win because he had to wait at the bar, then the toilet, then for a bet. Be smart, open an online Bookmaker account have it loaded up on your smart phone for that very reason. No lines, no hassles! Its always fun to have your major cash bets on track so you can spoil yourself into the night with your guilt free winnings, so get those bets on early!
Be smart, do your homework, allow for change & bet with a goal!