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Our race week events are specially curated to share the very best of our Bluegrass with you and your loved ones! You’ll have as much fun riding on our luxury tour buses, meeting new friends and enjoying drinks and snacks as you will at your actual destinations!

Due to the logistics and restrictions of operating horse farms and distilleries, we prefer age 16 or older on our tours. We will have some family-oriented activities for the younger ones, coming soon!

*Please note: tours are non-refundable*

Race Week is Here!

We’re so excited to welcome you to Lexington, and entertain you for a weekend! Below, you will see a map for course tour and chartered tour departures and parking. Please remember:

  • If your tour goes to a bourbon distillery, please bring your ID

  • If you’re going to a Thoroughbred farm, please wear close-toed shoes and dress in comfortable clothing, as you will be outside!

  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your tour departure time

  • If you are attending a downtown event, there is valet available at 21c, as well as public parking within walking distance!

  • Come prepared to experience the best of our Bluegrass Hospitality!

Taste of Pepper Experience

Friday, March 29

10:15 AM - 4:00 PM

Departs from Main Grandstand at Keeneland

If you like bourbon, history, ice cream, bourbon, beer, bourbon…this experience is for you!

Enjoy the scenic drive from Keeneland to Woodford Reserve (originally the Old Oscar Pepper property!) where you’ll learn the craft and history of their world-renowned bourbon whiskey, tour the grounds and taste the goods!

Then we’ll take you to the James E. Pepper Distillery District, just outside of downtown, for a plethora of fun! Enjoy lunch at Goodfellas Pizzeria and Wise Guy Lounge, sample some local ice cream at Crank & Boom, pop in to our beer sponsor’s establishment for a sip, and also tour the newly re-opened and completely renovated James E. Pepper distillery.

As always, your tour hosts will be well-equipped with stories, drinks and snacks along the way, as well!

From the beautiful drives to the amazing bourbons, and everything else you’ll have the chance to experience, this is a tour you don’t want to miss!

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2019's Post Race Celebration & Bourbon Expo

Saturday, March 30

6:00 - 9:00PM

21c Hotel Main Gallery

Let’s Party!

Celebrate another great year together, eating, drinking and being merry!

We have multiple Kentucky Bourbon Distilleries coming to offer samples of more than 20 bourbons and whiskeys! While tasting bourbon, you can also enjoy light appetizers, and mingle with your fellow runners and friends! A cash bar will be available; plus a silent auction with unique and exclusive bourbon and Thoroughbred items!

Dancing is always likely (and encouraged) as the evening goes on!

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WinStar Farm + Woodford Reserve Experience

Friday, March 29

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM or 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Departs from Main Grandstand at Keeneland

Visit two of our Bluegrass’ most exquisite properties - which also happen to be our primary partners this year: WinStar Farm and Woodford Reserve Distillery!

You’ll depart Keeneland on a luxury chartered bus, stocked with your very own tour hosts, beverages, snacks and FUN! We’ll take you to visit the Champions who reside at WinStar Farm (like Pioneer of the Nile, Tiznow, and more!) and also over to Woodford, where you’ll learn the craft of top-notch bourbon making! (p.s. You’ll also get to sample the goods in a guided bourbon tasting!)

Lunch will be provided at the distillery, for enjoyment on the patio or inside the visitor’s center.

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Classic Bourbon Cocktails

Friday, March 29


West Main Crafting

135 W. Main Street

Learn how to make six classic bourbon cocktails at one of the country’s best cocktail bars!

You’ll learn how to choose a bourbon for your house and / or for cocktails, learn the history of these major bourbon cocktails and take a walkthrough of how to make three of these classics. Plus you’ll get a handful of bourbon samples and tasting opportunities!

Each guest will get three cocktails and hors d’ouevres.  Everyone will receive a recipe booklet, to take home with you, as well.  

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Certified Bourbon Steward Training

Thursday, March 28 or Friday, March 29

4:30 - 6:30 PM

21c Hotel (Gallery 4)

Learn to discuss, taste, and recommend America’s Native Spirit with friends and family in this fun and interactive class!

  • What makes a bourbon a bourbon, and how it is different from other whiskies.

  • What the different descriptors of bourbon mean

  • The science behind distilling and aging

  • Identify Kentucky’s heritage brands and which distilleries produce them.

  • Build a virtual flight of 3 bourbons demonstrating the relationship among the products, describing their characteristics and nuances with nosing and tasting notes.

  • Accurate bourbon history, including Kentucky’s role in its creation.

There’s even a test, and when you pass you’ll receive your very own “Certified Bourbon Steward” pin in the mail!

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Keeneland's Race Day VIP Experience

Saturday, March 30

7:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Fully catered by Keeneland Hospitality!

  • VIP is located inside the Keene Barn, right at our Finish Line. You will need your ticket to check in and get your VIP bracelet for all-day access

  • Dedicated massage therapist

  • Exclusive access to indoor restrooms

  • VIP Gear Check available so your things are waiting for you after the race!

  • Continental breakfast 7:30 - 9:30 AM.

  • Hot breakfast will be served at 9:30 AM for guests who aren't racing

  • Lunch is served from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM.

  • All-you-can-drink Ethereal craft beer!

  • ONLY those who have purchased a VIP ticket will have access to the indoor seating, restrooms and all-you-can-eat buffet and Ethereal Craft Beer at the Finish Line.

  • Cash bar also available!

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Keeneland Behind-The-Scenes Experience

Friday, March 29

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Departs from Grandstand South Entrance at Keeneland

For more than 75 years, The Keeneland Association has devoted itself to the health and vibrancy of the Thoroughbred industry. As the world’s largest Thoroughbred auction company, Keeneland conducts sales every January, April, September and November. Its sales graduates dominate racing across the globe at every level. In April and October, Keeneland offers some of the highest caliber and richest Thoroughbred racing in the world. Uniquely structured, Keeneland is a private, for-profit corporation that returns its earnings back to the industry and the community in the form of higher purses, as well as millions of dollars in charitable contributions for education, research and health and human services throughout Central Kentucky.

Guests will start with a guided tour of the Keeneland Grandstand and Paddock. The morning tour includes watching the Thoroughbreds during morning workouts, delicious breakfast in Keeneland's Track Kitchen and a visit to the Gift Shop! Space is limited so make your reservations now! Group will depart promptly at 8:00 AM..


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Justins' House Of Bourbon Rare and Vintage Bourbon Tasting

Thursday, March 28 3:00 PM

Friday, March 29 4:00 PM

Friday, March 29 8:00 PM

Justins’ has stockpiled a collection of amazingly rare and unique bourbons, in their downtown Lexington store. But you’ll get to experience something truly special when they take you in to the “speakeasy” room for a guided experience. You’ll sample four hard-to-find, rarely seen bourbons, while learning all about them, the bourbon heritage in Kentucky and many more stories as well!

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Bourbon 101

Friday, March 29 3:00 PM or Saturday, March 30 6:00 PM

21c Hotel (Gallery 4)

Think you don’t like bourbon? Or maybe you’ve never tried it?

Guided by an Executive Bourbon Steward, you will taste and enjoy the many nuances and flavors in our favorite Kentucky spirit! You’ll also find out why “all bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon,” and all its different styles and types!

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Craft Beer Experience

Saturday, March 30

2:00 - 6:00 PM

Departs from 21c Hotel

Check out three of Lexington’s best craft breweries!

You’ll visit our beer sponsor, Ethereal Brewing, as well as Fusion Brewing and Rock House Brewing—some of our newest and most innovative scenes!

We’ll do the driving and provide some snacks and beer exchange on the ride; you’ll tour and receive samples at each location. Food is available for purchase at each stop as well!

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Champions of Racing Experience

Thursday, March 28

11:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Departs from Main Grandstand at Keeneland

This intimate small group tour takes you to two of our most exquisite Bluegrass Thoroughbred Farms: WinStar Farm and Ashford Stud! You’ll tour the grounds of both, meeting many former champion race horses, including our very own Triple Crown Champion, Justify!

In between, we’ll stop for lunch at a new favorite local spot, The Stave, for a chef-prepared lunch and cocktail flight!

As always there'll be plenty of drinks and snacks aboard your chartered bus!

Woodford + Justify

Friday, March 29

11:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Departs from Main Grandstand at Keeneland

Meet this year’s two honorees in one experience! First, you’ll depart Keeneland for Woodford Reserve, where you’ll enjoy lunch, a private tour experience and guided bourbon tasting!

Next, you’ll take the scenic route past the newly reopened Castle & Key Distillery, and in to Frankfort where we’ll make a special stop at the home of the Kentucky Bourbon Ball, Rebecca Ruth Candies!

Finally, you’ll make your way to Ashford Stud to meet Justify the Champion himself as well as get a fantastic tour of the iconic grounds!

Of course, your fun hosts will be stocked with snacks and beverages for your journey, too!

Triple Crown Experience

Friday, March 29

10:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Departs from Main Grandstand at Keeneland

Hit up three champion experiences in this one tour: meet our 2019 Honoree and Triple Crown Champion Justify at Ashford Stud, tour and taste at Woodford Reserve, and enjoy some of our very best local fare and a cocktail flight at The Stave restaurant.

You won’t find any more valuable gems than these, here in our Bluegrass! And of course, we’ll make sure you have uniquely Kentucky snacks and drinks on the ride…

America's Prettiest Course Tours

Friday, March 29

11:00 AM -  5:00 PM

Departs from Keeneland Entertainment Center, near Expo entrance

Take a ride along America's prettiest 13.1 miles, guided by a veteran of the course. Learn about our history, landscape, geography AND where most runners' favorite views are! You’ll also receive running tips to get you prepped for Race Day.

Tour buses leave our Race Expo at Keeneland at various intervals between 11:00 AM and 5:00 PM. Each tour lasts approximately 45 minutes and capacity is 10 people per tour.

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