At this writing, there are 53 days, 20 hours, and 4 minutes until the 2013 Kentucky Derby is underway – or, underhoof. The most famous horse race in history happens on May 4, 2013 at Churchill Downs Race Track in Louisville, Kentucky. Do you want to attend?
When a 1,200 pound animal races at thirty five miles per hour, balancing on a piece of bone a little wider than your palm, it is magic. The earliest recorded form of horse racing dates back to about 4500 BC among the nomadic tribesmen of Central Asia, when horses were first domesticated. It was public entertainment in the Roman Empire. The ancient Greek Olympics featured horse racing. The origins of modern racing lie in the 12th century, when English knights returned from the Crusades. Horse racing has a fascinating history.
For some, the Kentucky Derby means an at-home party watching the “Run for the Roses” on television. There are recipes for the perfect Mint Julep, the official drink of the Derby. It cannot be just any Mint Julep; Kentuckyderby.com has the special recipe. You can also find out when the Derby will be broadcast live by clicking here so you won’t miss an instant. And you want to place a wager; who knows? You could end up a millionaire. Place your bets here.
Tickets for the Derby range from $698.00 per seat to $40 for general admission. Keep in mind you might not see much of the race “live” with general admission. The best way to “Do the Derby” is a Derby Experiences package. The package includes a ground level view of the starting line and final stretch, access to an in-track hospitality venue, a complimentary Derby fare lunch, snacks for purchase, a cash-basis bar, a meet & greet with a celebrity jockey on Derby day, an official gift bag, transportation, and VIP entrances. It is a 4 day / 3 nights package May 2-5, 2013. The cost is $799 per person. Click HERE for more information, but hurry – tickets are flying out of the starting gate!
If you are interested in attending the Kentucky Oaks Race only, there are packages featuring access to in-track hospitality venues, excellent seating, meet and greet with a celebrity jockey, food and beverage, and more. Click HERE for more information.
For some folks, going to the Derby in style is a must. For others, staying at home and watching the race with good friends is the fun of it all. Regardless, grab the lyrics to “My Old Kentucky Home” and prepare for Derby Day 2013!
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