An Unforgettable Kentucky Derby® & Bourbon Tasting Weekend!

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An Unforgettable Kentucky Derby® & Bourbon Tasting Weekend!

Collectively we recognize that the current level of uncertainty and risk surrounding COVID-19 renders it essential for caution to be prioritized. The health and safety of our cardmembers and staff are paramount. Taking that into consideration, this event has been postponed. We will reach out to you in the coming days if you’ve purchased a ticket for an event that is being postponed. If you have any questions, please call (888) 710-8256, Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 12:00 AM ET

Starting off on Thursday and continuing through Sunday morning, this quintessential Kentucky Derby weekend includes everything from bourbon tastings, to photos with a retired racehorse, to the world famous 146th Running of the Kentucky Derby®.  Enjoy three nights hotel accommodations at The Galt House Hotel, the Official Host Hotel of the Kentucky Derby® located in downtown Louisville along Whiskey Row and the Ohio River. 

The festivities begin on Thursday evening when United Card Events from Chase hosts a welcome reception at The Galt House Hotel. Following the reception, guests will be transported to the Kentucky Artisan Distillery (KAD) where Chris Miller, the Distillery Director and one of the three original men to start KAD, will host a private tour and bourbon tasting of the Jefferson’s Ocean “Aged at Sea” bourbon. Aging on the ocean for over five months, the Jefferson’s Ocean “Aged at Sea” experience offers a taste of different voyages, followed by a southern-style barbeque dinner.

On Friday, it’s off to the Longines Kentucky Oaks® at Churchill Downs® as guests will be treated to Kentucky Oaks Day. The Longines Kentucky Oaks® is America’s premier and most lucrative race for three-year-old fillies held each year on the day before the Kentucky Derby®. This year, United Card Events from Chase will be sponsoring the La Troienne race. During Kentucky Oaks Day, the historic racetrack is decorated in pink bunting and more than 100,000 guests are asked to prominently incorporate pink into their attire to raise funds and drive national attention to the fight against breast and ovarian cancer. Those guests who do not wish to attend the Kentucky Oaks Day® races may enjoy Louisville on their own.

On Friday evening, enjoy the annual Stitzel-Weller Affair presented by Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Stitzel-Weller Distillery, located on the Bourbon Trail, is one of the true cathedrals of bourbon. During this special evening, guests will experience a private distillery tour and tasting, along with a cocktail reception from the Blade & Bow horse trailer bar and a photo with a retired racehorse. The evening continues with a seated multi-course dinner and an opportunity to taste Blade & Bow 22 Year bourbon, followed by live music.

Saturday, Kentucky Derby® Day, guests will enjoy an historic day of racing, casual buffet-style southern cuisine throughout the day, and Mint Juleps topped off by the crown jewel of thoroughbred races, the Kentucky Derby®.

Following the last race on Derby Day, guests will attend the Winner’s Party to celebrate with the winning owner, trainer and other special guests. Hosted at the Kentucky Derby Museum, United Card Events guests will be among hundreds to attend this special reception and view the on-stage honors and presentation of the winners’ trophies as history is made.  

Over the two days of races at Churchill Downs® guests will have reserved seats in a covered area with other attendees in the Vineyard Vines Club, which is situated on the iconic first turn of the racetrack. The Vineyard Vines Club offers all day casual southern cooking and open bar including Mint Juleps, a front row seat to thunderous racing and the famous Kentucky Derby® Walkover, where contenders parade along the track from the barn area to the Paddock prior to the big race.

Note: Schedule subject to change. The weekend is attended by thousands of people. The number of guests varies at each event. The United Card Events from Chase package includes special VIP access to select events. The events listed are rain-or-shine and take place indoors and outdoors. A detailed itinerary including hotel details will be provided with the event confirmation letter. Participants must be 21 years of age or older to purchase and attend this event. Please note there is no parking provided at the events. All guests must travel with the event group. Kentucky Derby®, Kentucky Oaks®, Churchill Downs® and the Twin Spires® Design are registered trademarks of Churchill Downs Incorporated.

Experience Includes

  • 3-nights hotel accommodations at The Galt House Hotel in the East Tower (Checking in Thursday, April 30th – Checking out Sunday, May 3rd); rooms include two queen beds
  • Breakfast daily
  • Transportation to and from all scheduled events listed

Thursday:

  • Event check-in and welcome reception
  • Private evening at the Kentucky Artisan Distillery (KAD) with tour and bourbon tasting followed by a casual southern-style barbeque dinner

Friday:

  • Kentucky Oaks Day® at Churchill Downs®, all-day access to reserved covered seats in the Vineyard Vines Club (approximately 3,000 guests), buffet-style food and beverage throughout the day
  • Evening at the annual Stitzel-Weller Affair (approximately 150 guests) including Garden Party reception and three-course dinner with live music

Saturday:

  • Viewing of the Kentucky Derby® and all-day access to reserved covered seats in the Vineyard Vines Club, buffet-style food and beverage throughout the day
  • Winner’s Party reception
  • Closing casual reception at the hotel

Sunday:

  • Farewell breakfast


Hotel Accommodations:
For guests who are confirmed and fully participating in this program, this special experience includes 3-nights of accommodations/double occupancy (Deluxe Room) for 4/30/2020-5/2/2020 at the Official Host Hotel of the Kentucky Derby® located in downtown Louisville along Whiskey Row and the Ohio River. Check-in 3:00 PM, Check-out 11:00 AM. Price includes room and tax. Guests will be responsible for all incidentals and other charges. Guests participating in this package may purchase additional room nights directly from the hotel based on availability (two days prior and post the event days). Details and additional booking information will be included in the event package confirmation letter. 

Tentative Event Schedule

Thursday - April 30, 2020


Friday - May 1, 2020


Saturday - May 2, 2020


Sunday - May 3, 2020

Please note: Schedule subject to change. Hotel check-in is 3:00 PM; check-out is 11:00 AM.
Event Location

Louisville, KY

Louisville, KY