Steve Cauthen Returns to Churchill Downs® On 35th Anniversary of 1978 Triple Crown as “Derby Experiences” Special Guest

By Press Release | March 06, 2013

Louisville, KY (March 6, 2013) – Two of the most accomplished jockeys in Kentucky Derby® history – Steve Cauthen and Pat Day -- headline the list of attractions for the 2013 edition of 

“Derby Experiences,” the Churchill Downs® travel experience program that brings fans closer to the excitement of “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.”

Cauthen will be returning to Churchill Downs® on the 35th anniversary of his historic Triple Crown run aboard Affirmed in 1978, when he and his chestnut colt outdueled Alydar in the Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes.  It was the sport’s 11th Triple Crown and the feat has not been accomplished since.  Owner of a Thoroughbred breeding farm in north central Kentucky, the Hall of Famer is an accomplished handicapper who will be interacting with “Derby Experiences” guests on Saturday, May 4, the 139th running of the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby® Presented by Yum! Brands.

Day, the winning jockey in nine Triple Crown races, scored his pinnacle triumph aboard longshot Lil E. Tee in the 1992 Kentucky Derby® and went on to a Hall of Fame career that included four Eclipse Awards for Outstanding Jockey.  Day will be on hand Friday, May 3, for the $1 million Kentucky Oaks® – the Derby’s sister race for fillies, providing tips and insights at all of the “Derby Experiences” venues at Churchill Downs®.  

“These are the icons of the sport, both dynamic ambassadors who will give “Derby Experiences” participants that once-in-a-lifetime feeling that is part of the phenomenon of The 

Kentucky Derby®,” said Brian Learst, C.E.O. of QuintEvents, Churchill Downs®’ Official Experience Package Provider for Derby Week.  

Cauthen and Day will visit multiple clubhouse and grandstand hospitality party venues for autograph signings and meet & greet opportunities with “Derby Experiences’” clients, part of  customizable packages of travel, hotel accommodations, tickets and amenities for fans, groups and businesses looking to experience the Kentucky Derby® in a special way.

Cauthen will be especially comfortable in the Affirmed Lounge, one of the premium hospitality venues, named after his famed equine partner, located in the Kentucky Derby® Museum’s Derby Café and Oaks Garden Tent at Gate 1.  The Affirmed Lounge will feature live entertainment by Calvin Taylor, a former member of The Drifters, and The Blue Dogs, the renowned Americana-tinged country rock back from Charleston, SC.   Live entertainment in the Secretariat Lounge, another prominent hospitality venue, will be announced.

Access to Affirmed Lounge is part of the Orange Package, detailed at www.DerbyExperiences.com.  The four-day/three-night arrangement is priced at $2,499 per person (double occupancy) and includes a ticket to the celebrity-studded Thursday night Taste of Derby party, one of the most prominent gatherings of the week.  Other benefits include free breakfast at the Holiday Inn Express South, tickets in the third floor grandstand for both Friday and Saturday races, ground transportation to and from the track and VIP Fast Access Pass into the facility. 

The “Derby Experiences” program provides fans with a secure buying platform, rather than ticket brokers or online, secondary market channels that can be risky and uncertain.  All ticket and hospitality packages come direct from Churchill Downs® and can be customized to fit individual needs.  

The packages, including specifics on hotels and on-site hospitality, are detailed at www.DerbyExperiences.com, (888) 384-7088.  They range in price from $799 to $7,899 and include a variety of products and services including tickets to the Oaks and Derby, hotel rooms, ground transportation, fast access passes, in-track hospitality party centers with live entertainment and the biggest Derby Week parties plus horse farm tours, distillery tours and other attractions.  The offering has sold out every year since 2008, increasing the Derby’s economic impact on Greater Louisville by bringing fans into town earlier in the week and exposing them to other regional destinations.   

In addition to its relationship with Churchill Downs®, Charlotte-based QuintEvents is also an Official provider of similar services for the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, Breeders’ Cup, Formula One Paddock Club™ for the worldwide auto races and the new Circuit of The Americas™  racing facility in Austin, TX. 

QuintEvents’ Derby Experiences® is the Official Experience Package Provider to Churchill Downs® for the Kentucky Derby® and the Kentucky Oaks®. Check www.QuintEvents.com for other Official Partnership brands.