It’s spring in Kentucky and all thoughts naturally turn to Derby. I searched through our records and also asked our sales team for a list of their customers with Derby connections. Some are associated by name only, like Derby City Vending, Derby Industries and Thoroughbred Contractors. Of course some are more associated with Derby week than others and maybe none as much as the obvious, one of our newest customers, Kentucky Derby Festival.
Many of our customers are very busy this time of year and have direct and indirect connections to the Derby.
Our friends at Claiborne Farms will have a horse running in the Derby this year. Can’t get more direct than that. Watch for My Man Sam as he represents Claiborne in the greatest two minutes in sports. Magdalena Farms is owned by trainer Kenneth G. McPeek, a Lexington native son and graduate of Tates Creek High School and the University of Kentucky. Other equine associated businesses on our customer list includeDarley’s Farms (now merged with Godolphin Racing with probable derby week entries), The American Association of Equine Practitioners, The American Saddlebred Horse Association (located at The Kentucky Horse Park), The Thoroughbred Center (a wholly owned subsidiary of Keeneland Association with training tracks, starting gate, clocker stand…all the amenities needed to get a horse ready for racing), and lastly, Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital (known and respected throughout the world for innovative and highly skilled treatment of horses).
Airmart and Blue Grass Airport will be busy getting visitors into town for the festivities. Lextran will be busy running those visitors around Lexington on their way to the track. And Procarent will be busy providing cab service to the millions of visitors in town.
When you think Derby, you think parties; and our friends at Events LLC must be busy planning and setting up parties across the state. Speaking of parties across the state, Chris Cook from Louisville Endodontics is hosting a large party on Derby Eve to benefit a very good cause, CreatiVets. Learn more about that event here. The Speed Museum is hosting an Oaks Brunch as well. Click here if you’re interested.
Levy Premium Food Service is a food provider at Churchill Downs. All Pro Championships has just about any type of Derby souvenir you could imagine. And all the people getting ready for parties, galas, balls and actual days at the track will be keeping Z Salon and Joseph’s Salon and Spa busy.
Those are just a few of our customers that come to mind when we think about the whirlwind that is Derby Week in Kentucky.