2016 Secretariat Festival Event Schedule


2016 Secretariat Festival PosterFestival Directions and Location: Located in historic Paris, Kentucky, just north of Lexington. Driving east or west on I-75/64, take Paris Pike Exit 113 heading north on US Highway 27/68 approximately 18 miles to downtown Paris.

Lexington Accommodations: A diverse selection of hotels can be found in Lexington with fewer choices as you exit I-75/64 north to Paris. The following hotels are convenient to all Festival events: Best Western Paris, Clarion Hotel Lexington, Griffin Gate Marriott, Ramada Lexington North Hotel, Days Inn Lexington, Fairfield Inn Lexington North, Embassy Suites Lexington, Four Points Sheraton Lexington

Festival Basics: The Festival takes place along Main Street. in the heart of downtown Paris. Admission to the Festival is free with ticketed events for horse farm tours and other special events taking place throughout the weekend. Oasis Events, 610 Main St., marks the Secretariat Festival Headquarters and primary information center. The historic location is your one-stop shop featuring the Store and official Festival merchandise and also hosts the Secretariat Archive Silent Auction throughout the weekend and celebrity signings.

Most Festival venues will be on Main Street between 4th and 7th streets. Festival parking is available along High and Pleasant streets, which both run one block parallel to Main Street, as well as at several other designated locations, including:

Paris Municipal Lot on High Street, between 6th and 7th streets; First Christian Church on High Street, between 8th and 10th streets; Central Baptist Church on High Street, between 8th and 10th streets; and City Lot at the intersection of 8th and Main streets, running to High Street.

Friday, Sept. 16 – Downtown Paris:

  • Paris Artwalk – Main Street, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Secretariat Archive Auction Preview – Oasis Event Hall beginning at 3:00 p.m.
  • Big Red Beer Garden – Rooster Brew, 605 Main St. beginning at 4:30 p.m.
  • Barrel Head Craftsman Gallery – 423 Main Street, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Barrel Mane-ia Auction – Oasis Event Hall bar opens at 8:00 p.m.


Saturday, Sept. 17 – Downtown Paris, Free admission – Beginning at 9:00 a.m.:

  • Celebrity Autograph Signing – Oasis Event Hall – times are approximate
    • Penny Chenery – Secretariat’s owner (pending)
    • Ron Turcotte – Secretariat’s Triple Crown winning jockey – 9:30 a.m. throughout the day
    • Charlie Davis – Secretariat’s exercise rider – 9:30 a.m. throughout the day
    • Bill Nack – acclaimed author of Secretariat: The Making of a Champion – 11:00 a.m.
    • Richard Laurin – Secretariat trainer Lucien Laurin’s grandson – cancelled
    • Otto Thorwarth – actor/jockey who portrayed Ron Turcotte in Disney’s Secretariat – 11:30 a.m.
    • Kentucky Derby winners:
      Jean Cruguet – Seattle Slew, 1977 Triple Crown – 9:00 a.m.
      Steve Cauthen – Affirmed, 1978 Triple Crown (pending)
      Laffit Pincay Jr. – Swale, 1984 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (with author Phil Dandrea)
      Pat Day – Lil E. Tee, 1992 – 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
      Mike Manganello – Dust Commander, 1970 – 12:30 p.m.
      Jacinto Vasquez – Foolish Pleasure, 1975 & Genuine Risk, 1980 – 12:30 p.m.
  • Adena Springs Farm Tours  – 9:45 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
  • Claiborne Farm Tours – every hour from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Barrel Head Craftsman Gallery – 423 Main Street, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • “Twice the Heart” AngioScreenings -530 Main Street 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Big Red Beer Garden – Rooster Brew, 605 Main St., beginning at noon
  • “Pony Express” Equicizer – Hope Park, noon to 4:00 p.m.
  • Wise Dan Legends Tribute – 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., complimentary shuttle to Fairgrounds
  • Laffit Pincay & Sham Legends Tribute – 616 Main St., 2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Secretariat Archive Auction – Oasis Event Hall 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Main Street Festival Parade – 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Blanton’s Bourbon Tasting & Bill Nack Storytelling 616 Main St., beginning at 6:00 p.m.
  • Craft Fair – Vendors’ Tented Lot across from Thyme restaurant (throughout the day)
  • Secretariat Film Viewings at the Paris Library – 701 High St. (throughout the day)
  • Children’s Activities including facepainting, inflatables and European Bungee (throughout the day)
  • Food, Entertainment, and Live Music throughout the day featuring:
    • Dale Pyatt and ChickenGrease
    • Chili Cox Group


Sunday, Sept. 18 – Explore Secretariat’s Kentucky

LEXINGTON Kentucky Horse Park, 4089 Iron Works Parkway – Open 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., featuring a wealth of equine-related attractions including Secretariat’s Triple Crown trophies and life-sized bronze statue.





* The Blanton’s Limited Edition Secretariat Collector’s Bottle will be introduced at the Secretariat Festival’s Blanton’s Bourbon Tasting/Bill Nack Storytelling Saturday evening event. This exclusive offer is the first collector’s series ever presented by Blanton’s Bourbon in the United States. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on the only 73 bottles to be produced in an auction that evening. Tickets to this event are now $50 per person in keeping with the Festival’s community mindedness and accommodation for all horse racing fans.

* It is with great disappointment that the Secretariat Festival must cancel Richard Laurin’s appearances on Saturday due to a family emergency.

* We are pleased to announce Disney’s Secretariat actor/jockey Otto Thorwarth will be joining the Festival on Saturday beginning 11:30 a.m.

* More Equine demonstrations at the Bourbon County Fairgrounds include:

  • 12:20 p.m.  Robert Massie Opening Ceremony
  • 12:30 p.m. Renegade Drill Team
  • 12:50 p.m. Wise Dan Presentation
  • 1:10 p.m. Amy Lent – Thoroughbred Blindfolded Driving
  • 1:30 p.m. Sarah and Patrick The Miniature Secretariat
  • 1:45 p.m. Wise Dan Presentation
  • 2:00 p.m.  Morgan Horses
  • 2:15 p.m. Our Mims
  • 2:30 p.m. Amy Lent- Thoroughbred Blindfolded Obstacle Course
  • 2:40 p.m. Closing Ceremony Renegade Drill team and Robert Massie


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