Festivities are in full swing throughout the state of Kentucky in celebration of the 139th Kentucky Derby. For the first time this year, The Kentucky Horse Park is participating in signature events by hosting Derby Days at its facilities on May 3 and 4, 2013. Park attendees will be able to participate in activities inside the park. Others may wish to take advantage of drive-thru wagering available for both the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks inside the main entrance gate off Iron Works Parkway.
During Derby Days, celebrate in the family-friendly Horse Park and see several derby winners up close and personal. Meet Funny Cide as he marks his tenth anniversary of winning the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness. There is also the 1994 Kentucky Derby winner, Go for Gin. The horses will participate in the Hall of Champions Show that is held each day.
No trip to the Kentucky Horse Park is complete unless the visitor tours the International Museum of the Horse. The museum houses a large collection of past Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown trophies, featuring the trophies of Triple Crown winners Affirmed and Seattle Slew. Visitors will find Calumet Farm’s eight Derby trophies, seven Preakness trophies, two Belmont platters and two Triple Crown trophies for the famous stallions Whirlaway in 1941 and Citation in 1948.
History buffs and racing fans may want to see the grave of Isaac Burns Murphy, one of the world’s greatest Thoroughbred jockeys and winner of three Kentucky Derbies. He amassed an impressive winning record throughout his lifetime of 44 percent.
Great Thoroughbred horses are buried on park grounds including Kentucky Derby winners War Admiral, Bold Forbes and Alysheba.
Admission to The Kentucky Horse Park includes entry to the International Museum of the Horse [Smithsonian Affiliate] and the American Saddlebred Museum & Gift Shop.
The park Gift Shop provides officially-licensed Derby merchandise that includes the Daily Racing Forms and programs. It carries a variety of derby hats, fancy to plain; scarves; ties; prints, notecards and Kentucky racing heritage books.
On Derby Days singer/songwriters Taylor Dye and Dale Pyatt will give performances. There will be a presentation by the Bittersweet Cloggers. Kids can enjoy stick horse-making and a coloring contest all day Saturday.
Guests showing a wagering ticket from Keeneland or from the drive-thru booths at the Kentucky Horse Park will receive half off of the general admission price on both Friday or Saturday.
Go online to The Kentucky Horse Park for detailed information about Derby Days and the Kentucky Horse Park.
Also see this video: Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington
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