The 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby – the “most exciting two minutes in sports” – is coming up on Saturday, May 7, 2016. The first official leg of the Triple Crown is a unique and iconic mixture of competition, excitement, style and glamour. There is nothing in the world like it. Where else do 170,000 people dress their best to watch a sporting event? Whether you are a traditionalist who wears a fancy hat or bow tie, or prefer a more modern look, there is no better way to travel to the Derby than on a Private Jet through Exclusive Charter Jets.
The Derby is an experience to be enjoyed from the moment your travels begin to your return home. On an Exclusive Charter Service Private Jet, you can relax and plan your festivities, show off your Derby outfit, practice your lines to the pre-race sing-a-long of “My Old Kentucky Home” and begin the partying with a refreshing Mint Julep or Old Fashioned.
The race at Churchill Downs is a week-long event. It starts on April 30th with an evening of live racing, actors, dancers, musicians, visual artists and more performing throughout the track. On Monday, May 2, attend the Unbridled Eve Gala and experience southern charm and hospitality at its best.
From Tuesday, May 3, through Thursday, May 5, you can participate in Dawn at the Downs – a popular tradition for both Louisville and its visitors. This event gives Kentucky Derby fans the opportunity to see the contenders train for the big race, while listening to expert commentary. On Tuesday, May 3, and Wednesday, May 4, you can take in the spectacle of traditional racing.
Thursday, May 5 is a big day. It includes Thurby, where you can watch live bourbon cocktail demonstrations while you enjoy local Kentucky bands on the Plaza Stage. There is also Taste of Derby, where you can mingle with horse racing celebrities as you savor an evening of exquisite cuisine and exceptional wines. Throughout the week, remember to feast on some of the traditional dishes such as the Giant Derby Hot Brown with Mornay Sauce, Kentucky Burgoo, Garlic Cheese Grits, Sticky Toffee Pudding or Derbie Pie.
The excitement continues on Friday, May 5, with the Kentucky Oaks. This is America’s premier and most lucrative horse race for 3-year-old fillies, and the third most attended day of racing in the United States. On Friday evening, do not miss out on the Brownstone Brown Gala – the premier black-tie event of the racing week. Book your tickets now!
On the day of the main event, wager on and watch the undercard before the big race. Sip Mint Juleps while you take a trip to the Infield to see what’s happening with party goers on the Insider of the Track. Visit the Red Carpet and spot a celebrity. Wander over to the Paddock and get an up-close view of the horses. Place your bets. Take in Lady Antebellum’s rendition of the National Anthem and then watch the thundering hooves. Maybe you will be a witness to history. So start thinking about your Derby outfit and book your flight on Exclusive Charter Service because the 142nd year of iconic style is right around the corner!