Thank you to our 2014 panelists: Stuart Janney, Claude "Shug" McGaughey, Joel Rosario, Barclay Tagg, Chris McCarron, John Velazquez & host D. Wayne Lukas for making the 2014 "It's my Derby" a success!
2014 auction items:
Wayne Lukas: You are invited to enjoy a delightful brunch on Tuesday of Derby week at the private home of Hall of Fame trainer, D. Wayne Lukas. You will be treated to a tour of his home featuring a pristine collection of some of the most prestigious trophies in racing. Led by Wayne himself, you’ll hear extraordinary stories from decades in racing on the world’s most prominent racing stages. This is your opportunity to entertain clients with an experience they’ll never forget OR soak up racing memories yourself in the most exclusive atmosphere. Valid Tuesday, April 29th for 12 people.
Chris McCarron: Enjoy a morning on the backside of Churchill Downs with Hall of Fame rider and two time Derby winner Chris McCarron (Alysheba and Go For Gin). Not only will you get to see Derby 140 contenders up close as they go through their morning workouts, but you will hear commentary from someone who knows what it takes to win the Derby. This backside tour will be very unique in that not only will you be in the company of a world-renowned jockey, but also you will be accompanied by Chris's students from the North American Racing Academy. Chris was the 1974 Eclipse Award winner for apprentice jockeys, so he knows what it takes to get started in the world of Thoroughbred horse racing. Be on hand as he gives these students valuable information to remember as they embark on their own careers. You will also be there when Chris introduces his group to some of the top jockeys and trainers in the Thoroughbred industry! Hear their words of Derby wisdom just days before the big race. What an amazing opportunity this is and it can be yours! Valid Monday, April 28th only. Limited to 4 people.
Barclay Tagg: Derby winner Funny Cide learned all of his lessons as a young horse and an accomplished runner from trainer Barclay Tagg. Coming from a steeplechase background and working his way through the Thoroughbred ranks, Barclay reached his moment of triumph when New York bred, Funny Cide crossed the finish line first to win the Kentucky Derby 129. Your group will join Barclay at his barn at Keeneland for workouts one morning during the remaining days of the Keeneland spring meet. There you will be able to watch and learn as this gifted horseman trains his stable of horses in hopes of finding another one to take him back to the winner's circle that first Saturday in May. Enjoy donuts and coffee at the barn along with this exclusive inside look at what training is all about. Dates vary, up to 4 people.
Derby and Oaks Seats: Enjoy great seats during both the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby with access to complementary, indoor hospitality. Both food and beverage will be within easy reach in this exclusive environment of the Jockey Club Suites. Auction item valid as a package for both days of racing during the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby, includes 6 tickets.
Derby/Oaks package graciously provided by Brooks Bower.
Stuart Janney: Meet the 2013 winner of the Kentucky Derby! Arrive at the renowned Claiborne farm for a tour of the famed stallion complex where you'll find Orb. You will receive a personalized introduction to this Derby champion, so bring your camera. Also on this tour, guests will visit the hallowed ground of the farm's cemetery where some of the most famous horses in Thoroughbred history, including Secretariat, Bold Ruler and Claiborne's 1984 Derby winner, Swale, are buried. And as a remembrance of your day, you and your guests will be treated to a Claiborne Farm calendar with Dell Hancock's photography and an Orb hat for each guest. Included in this package is a large finish line photograph signed by Orb's winning team. Package available for up to 8 people. Tour date is guests choice.
"Shug" McGaughey: Experience the best of Saratoga racing! Guests will start the day with morning workouts at Saratoga's Oklahoma training track. See some of racing's prominent horsemen and Thoroughbreds during morning workouts followed by a buffet breakfast on The Porch of the Clubhouse while the Thoroughbreds train on the Saratoga track. Package includes seating at the race track for a day of fun. To wrap up your experience with a bang, enjoy a private dinner with trainer Shug McGaughey at one of his favorite Saratoga hot spots, The Wishing Well. Package available for 4 people. Valid on mutually agreed upon dates between July 18 - September 1, 2014.
Joel Rosario: Wonder what it is like to be on the winning horse of the Kentucky Derby? Hear firsthand from the 2014 Kentucky Derby winning jockey, Joel Rosario and his agent, Ron Anderson, as you join them for a Derby week tour of the barn area at Churchill Downs when it is at the height of action. Be there as Joel and Ron catch up with some of the key players of Derby 140. Guests will be escorted to the Kentucky Derby Museum to see the celebration of Orb's victory with the jockey who piloted him. Added to this experience package is a visit to the Jockey's Room at Churchill Downs that morning where Joel & Ron will introduce you to the area and people that surround the jockeys as they prepare for their workday. Valid Thursday of Derby week. Limit 2 guests.
WinStar Experience: Enjoy a V.I.P. tour for 4 people on Wednesday, April 30th leading up to the Kentucky Derby. Guests will enjoy a visit to the Stallion facility and Training Center on the property. The lucky buyer of this item will get to choose a WinStar Stallion Halter of their choice. Use of the WinStar box at Churchill Downs for any day of the buyer's choosing during the Spring meet (April 26th- June 29th) including night racing. This offer excludes Oaks and Derby days. Farm tour available Wednesday, April 30th or during the week leading up to either Preakness or Belmont. Limit 4 guests for tour. Six seats provided at the race track.
Winner’s Tour: Experience the energy on the backside of the track as we near closer to the Kentucky Derby. In this package, you'll take a golf cart tour through the barn area of Churchill Downs and watch workouts from the rail. You'll see Derby contenders in their final training workouts before the big race just days away and the onslaught of media attention capturing the action. You'll have a guided escort to narrate the action and take you around to meet some of the Derby winners active in the game. We'll stop by the barns for photos with Bob Baffert, Todd Pletcher, H. Graham Motion and others. Then, you'll enjoy a southern style breakfast in the track kitchen right on the rail while it's hopping with action.
This package also includes a day at the races in the Turf Club with lunch provided (alcohol must be paid for by buyer). Following your race day excitement, enjoy reservations at Jeff Ruby's restaurant downtown where the stars of the game dine during this week of action. (Dinner is included, alcohol must be paid for by buyer.) Valid for 4 guests, Wed. April 30th only.
Your Derby Experience: Enjoy a very unique Kentucky Derby weekend experience for two people. The winner will have access to the races both Oaks Day and Derby Day, with elevated seating for better viewing and access to the Sunny's Halo Lounge, the new in-track party deck. Also included in the package are tickets to the inaugural Fillies & Lilies Party on Oaks night featuring Wynonna Judd and VIP Fast Access Passes. A lunch buffet with complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks is provided as hospitality for both Oaks and Derby days. You will also be treated to celebrity appearances along with a meet & greet with a celebrity jockey. Donated by Derby Experiences. Tickets for 2 people. Valid May 2nd and 3rd only.
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Special thanks to Shades of Grass bluegrass band!