Lexington, KY (April 30, 2013) - The Kentucky Horse Park is hosting Derby Dayson Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4, 2013, a new event in celebration of Kentucky's signature event for 139 years, the Kentucky Derby. In addition to the activities going on inside the park, drive-thru wagering will be available for Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby just inside the main entrance gate off of Iron Works Parkway.
Derby Days is an opportunity to celebrate the Kentucky Derby weekend in a family-friendly atmosphere, and a chance to see living Kentucky Derby-winning legends up close. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Funny Cide's Kentucky Derby and Preakness wins, and he can be found alongside the 1994 Kentucky Derby-winning Thoroughbred, Go for Gin, at the Kentucky Horse Park's Hall of Champions Show, held three times daily.
The park's International Museum of the Horse houses one of the largest collections of past Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown trophies anywhere, and the museum features the trophies of Triple Crown winners Affirmed and Seattle Slew. The museum's collection includes the amazing Calumet Farm's eight Derby trophies, seven Preakness trophies, two Belmont platters and two Triple Crown trophies for Whirlaway in 1941 and Citation in 1948.
Racing fans and history buffs will further have the opportunity to visit the grave of Isaac Burns Murphy, one of the world's greatest Thoroughbred jockeys, who won the Kentucky Derby three times, and achieved an incredible lifetime winning record of 44 percent. Kentucky Derby winners War Admiral, Bold Forbes and Alysheba, among other great Thoroughbred horses, are also buried on park grounds.
The Kentucky Horse Park Gift Shop provides officially-licensed Derby merchandise including Daily Racing Forms and programs, and, of course, carries a variety of Derby hats, fancy to plain; scarves; ties; prints and notecards; and, books on Kentucky's Thoroughbred racing heritage.
Derby Days includes performances by two singer/songwriters, Taylor Dye and Dale Pyatt, and the Bittersweet Cloggers on both Friday and Saturday, and stick horse-making and a coloring contest for the kids all day Saturday.
Each child (ages 7-12) will receive a free return visit to the park, and adult guests will be eligible for a drawing for one of several Family Season Passes.
Admission is $16 for adults and $8 for children 7-12. Children 6 and under are always admitted at no charge when accompanied by a paying adult. Guests who show a wagering ticket from Keeneland, or the drive-thru booths at the Kentucky Horse Park, will receive half off of general admission on Friday or Saturday. Admission includes the International Museum of the Horse, a Smithsonian Affiliate, and the Showplace for Saddlebreds - The American Saddlebred Museum & Gift Shop.
Derby Days is open with the Kentucky Horse Park's daily regular operating hours or 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. More information about Derby Days and the Kentucky Horse Park is available at www.KyHorsePark.com.