Today we checked into the hotel and we got ready and headed to Eddie Merlot’s for dinner afterward we went back to the hotel to settle in and get ready for the Kentucky Oaks tomorrow
May 3, 2019
Today we got ready for the Kentucky Oaks I wore a pink dress in honor of breast cancer survivors and a fascinator which was hand painted ostrich feathers. After the Oaks race, we had an after party where we saw Martina McBride perform a bunch of her hit songs.
May 4, 2019 – DERBY DAY!!!!!
Today was exciting. Going to the Kentucky Derby was on our bucket list and we are lucky enough to be able to check it off.
We were on the plane with Bob Baffert – Legendary Horse Trainer. I asked him to sign our Trophy Room tickets.
Today we drove to Louisville, Kentucky and we had a tour set up of the grounds at Churchill Downs. When we arrived, we had some time to check out the museum with all the original handmade Kentucky Derby hats which were cool and unique. The tour was great we got to see where the trainers and the jockeys live and saw some hot walkers walk the horses around and also saw them taking care of the prized horses.
The next morning we were lucky enough to be able to come back for free to see the trainers work with the horses and run them on the track. Watching the trainers train the horses were terrific John and I both loved it. We love horses, so this was something exciting for us. When John was younger, he had a job as a hot walker at Belmont Racetrack.
We hope to one day be a part of the Kentucky Derby.
On the way to Bowling Green we stopped and took a tour of the Jim Beam Distillery which was exciting since it’s my favorite Bourbon. We had a chance to bottle our own bottle of Knob Creek and put our thumbprint in the wax seal which was very cool.