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2018 Secretariat Festival Schedule

2018 SECRETARIAT FESTIVAL EVENT SCHEDULE

Festival Basics: The 2018 Secretariat Festival, celebrating the 45th anniversary of Secretariat’s Triple Crown championship, will be set in beautiful Lexington, Ky., central to the area’s horse farms. Saturday’s festivities will be based at The Thoroughbred Center, a working training facility with about 1,000 racehorses on site and home to the North American Riding Academy. On Sunday, the Festival moves to Keeneland Race Course for live racing at one of the nation’s most beautiful racetracks.

Lexington Accommodations: A diverse selection of hotels can be found in Lexington. The following hotels are convenient to all Festival events: Clarion Hotel Lexington, Griffin Gate Marriott, Ramada Lexington North Hotel, Days Inn Lexington, Fairfield Inn Lexington North, Embassy Suites Lexington, Four Points Sheraton LexingtonBest Western Paris

Directions The Thoroughbred Center is located at 3380 Paris Pike in Lexington. Take exit 113 off of I-75/I-64 (one exit north of I-64 East). Turn left (NE) onto Paris Pike (U.S. 68). The Thoroughbred Center is 2.3 miles on your right. From New Circle Road turn onto Broadway heading northeast. Broadway becomes Paris Pike. The Thoroughbred Center is 3.5 miles from New Circle Road. Keeneland Race Course, 4201 Versailles Road, is adjacent to the Bluegrass Airport and about 6.4 miles west of the heart of Lexington on U.S. Highway 60/Versailles Road.

FRIDAY, OCT. 12 – Cross Gate Gallery, 509 E. Main St. – Welcome Reception – 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

 

SATURDAY, OCT. 13 – The Thoroughbred Center, 3380 Paris Pike – Free Admission – Gates open at 7:30 a.m.

FARM TOURS AND TICKETED EVENTS:

  • The Thoroughbred Center – On site backside/trackside tours at 7:30 a.m.; 9:00 a.m. SOLD-OUT; 10:30 a.m.
  • Claiborne Farm Tours
    8:00 a.m.  Legacy Tour with jockey Eddie Maple (depart from The Thoroughbred Center)
    10:15 a.m. Stallion Tour – (arrive at Claiborne by own means)
    12:00 p.m. Stallion Tour – (arrive at Claiborne by own means)
    1:15 p.m. Stallion Tour – (arrive at Claiborne by own means)
    2:30 p.m. – Legacy Tour with Steve Haskin and Kate Tweedy SOLD-OUT
  • Adena Springs Farm Tour – 11:00 a.m. with Steve Haskin & Pat Day (depart from The Thoroughbred Center)

CELEBRITY AUTOGRAPH SIGNINGS: (times approximate, please confirm at event)

    • Kate Chenery Tweedy – Penny Chenery’s daughter, author of Secretariat’s Meadow 9:30 a.m.
    • Eddie Maple – Secretariat’s Hall of Fame jockey in 1973 Canadian International 10:30 a.m.
    • Steve Haskin – sports journalist, author, photographer 9:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m.
    • Steve Jordan – Meadow Stable hot walker 9:30 a.m.
      Kentucky Derby winners:
      Pat Day – Lil E. Tee, 1992 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m.
      Mike Manganello
      , jockey & Don Combs, trainer – Dust Commander, 1970 10:00 a.m., noon
      Chris McCarron – Alysheba, 1987; Go for Gin, 1994
      10:00 a.m.

THROUGHOUT THE DAY:

  •   Pop-Up Shopping Boutique
  • Visits to Gallery Racing Stable Barn
  • “Ride Like a Jockey” North American Racing Academy Demonstration
  • Official Festival Artist Jaime Corum Painting Exhibition
  • Secretariat Monument Preview with Jocelyn Russell (9:00 a.m. – noon)
  • Secretariat & Racing Memorabilia Silent Auction
  • Official Secretariat Merchandise Store
  • Food, Beverages, and much more….

AFTER-PARTY with Eddie Maple at Embassy Suites Paddock Grill, 1801 Newtown Pike, Beginning at 5:00 p.m.

 

SUNDAY, OCT. 14 – Keeneland Race Course, 4201 Versailles Rd – $5 Admission

KEENELAND BACKSIDE LEGENDS TOURS: – 8:00 a.m.; 9:00 a.m SOLD-OUT; 10:00 a.m. Check-in 10 minutes prior at South Gate Plaza

OFFSITE FARM TOURS: – Offsite, meet motor coach at South Gate Plaza

AUTOGRAPH APPEARANCES: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. adjacent to Paddock

    • Kate Chenery Tweedy – Penny Chenery’s daughter, author of Secretariat’s Meadow
    • Eddie Maple – Secretariat’s Hall of Fame jockey in 1973 Canadian International
    • Steve Jordan – Meadow Stable hot walker
    • Otto Thorwarth – Portrayed Ron Turcotte in Disney’s Secretariat
    • Keith Austin – Portrayed Laffit Pincay Jr. in Disney’s Secretariat
      Kentucky Derby winners:
      Pat DayLil E. Tee, 1992
      Chris McCarron Alysheba, 1987; Go for Gin, 1994

KEENELAND KIDS CLUB: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m, located at North Plaza Terrace

  • Secretariat Selfies Photo Opportunity
  • Secretariat Temporary Tattoo Giveaway

KEENELAND LIVE RACING: – First Post – 1:05 p.m.

 

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE FESTIVAL SPECIAL EVENT TICKETS AND MERCHANDISE

 

RECENT UPDATES: Keep checking back as we update our information here…

Oct. 12 – Secretariat Monument Preview Reception at Cross Gate Gallery Friday, Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 13 – Canadian International Viewing After-Party at Embassy Suites Paddock Grill, 1801 Newtown Pike begins 5:00 p.m.

Oct. 14 – Limited Seats Available for the Calumet Farm Tour departing Keeneland at 9:15 a.m.

Oct. 14 – Keeneland Backside Legends Tours will now include a stop at the Jockey Quarters. Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron will join the 10:00 a.m. tour.


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