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Make your own Run for the Roses on a tour to the Kentucky Derby

Join the horsy set for the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby in May on a five-day Tauck trip that includes horse farm tours, distillery visits and bourbon tastings.

The tour is based in Lexington, Ky., an 80-mile drive from Louisville, where the race is held annually on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs racetrack. Lexington is in the heart of bluegrass country, where grazing thoroughbreds can be seen on rolling hills. The itinerary gives travelers the choice of viewing the Derby from reserved seating in an enclosed, air-conditioned starting-gate unit or from first-turn open-air grandstand seating.

Dates: May 4-8; five days, four nights.

Price: From $5,390, double occupancy. Includes four nights’ accommodations, a welcome reception and two dinners, transportation, horse farm tour as well as cocktails and dinner at the Keeneland racetrack in Lexington. Round-trip airfare from Los Angeles to Lexington is not included.

Info: Tauck, (800) 788-7885


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