7 Celebrities to See at the 2014 Kentucky Derby

Posted by Jaclyn Harris on Fri, Mar 28, 2014 @ 11:03 AM

The grounds of Churchill Downs are brimming with A-list Hollywood stars on Kentucky Derby day, but with over 140,000 people inside the track, it can be a little hard to find them. The key to finding celebrities Derby weekend is knowing in advance which celebrities are going to be there, where and when you can find them, and making sure you’re there yourself!

Now, I know what you’re thinking. Churchill Downs, while historic and beautiful, isn’t the easiest track to navigate with so many different stands, restaurants and venues. But before you start worrying, thinking that your celeb-spotting endeavors are a hopeless cause, we’re going to fill you in on seven celebrities that are guaranteed to be at the 2014 Kentucky Derby, where they’re going to be and how YOU can meet them!

1. Celebrity Jockey, Chris McCarron

If you know horse racing, you know Chris McCarron! This jockey has plenty of accomplishments under his belt such as 1980 Eclipse Award recipient, nine Breeders’ Cup World Championship victories including five Breeders’ Cup Classic victories, six wins that were Triple Crown races, and he was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1989!

If you don’t know McCarron from his honors, you’d know him from his appearance in the 2003 film Seabiscuit, or because he was the Vice President and General Manager of Santa Anita Park until 2005.

How do you meet him? McCarron will be making appearances throughout Derby Experiences hospitality venues on Derby day!

Get more information on how you can meet McCarron at the 2014 Kentucky Derby: 

Meet Chris McCarron!

2. American Idol’s, Elise Testone

Do you bask in the live television music phenomenon, American Idol®? Then this is one celeb you don’t want to miss! Elise Testone will be performing in Derby Experiences Affirmed Lounge hospitality, and you can see her there live!

Get more information on seeing Testone perform at the Kentucky Derby: 

Get Access to Elise Testone's   Live Performance!

3. Magician, Matthew Furman

If you’re into mind illusions and magic tricks, Matthew Furman is your man! Furman will be hanging out at the first annual Fillies & Lilies Party, hosted by Derby Experiences.

With live entertainment, complimentary gourmet hors d’oeuvres, a premium open bar, and a bourbon lounge, you can celebrate the 140th Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby while hanging out with one of Hollywood’s wildest magicians!

Get more information on how you can meet Furman at the Kentucky Derby: 

Meet Matthew Furman!

4. Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Mackenzie Weeks, Jackie Bob, Lauren Williams and Mia Greenhouse

Who wouldn’t want to meet these ladies?! The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders are a national icon! Known for the in-depth training they endure and talent they possess, these ladies are an elite class of cheerleader!

So how do you get to meet Mackenzie Weeks, Jackie Bob, Lauren Williams and Mia Greenhouse? Simple! These ladies will be hanging out across Derby Experiences hospitality venues and at Derby Experiences Fillies & Lilies Party, and since they’ll be in uniform, you won’t be able to miss them!

Get more information on how you can meet Weeks, Bob, Williams and Greenhouse at the 140th Kentucky Derby: 

Meet the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders

5. Actress and Model, Nichole Galicia

She models, she acts, you recently saw her in Django: Unchained, she’s Nichole Galicia and she’ll be waiting to meet you at Churchill Downs!

Where, you might ask? In Derby Experiences hospitality! (Are we seeing a pattern here, yet?) Galicia will be making appearances throughout Derby Experiences hospitality venues and hanging out with Derby fans all day! Not to mention, she’ll also be making an appearance at the Fillies & Lilies Party on the day of the Kentucky Oaks! Ladies and gents, ever wonder what it’d be like to hangout with a model all day? You’re about to find out!

Get more information on how you can meet Galicia at Churchill Downs: 

Meet Nichole Galicia!

6. Celebrity Jockey, Pat Day

You can meet Kentucky Derby Champion, Pat Day! Need I say more?

Day’s racing history reads like a jockey’s textbook on success. He has ridden countless top thoroughbreds to victory! He won the Kentucky Derby in 1992, but that was just one of his nine wins for Triple Crown races. Not to mention, Day is also the top money winning jockey in Breeders’ Cup history!

Where’s he going to be? Day will be making appearances throughout Derby Experiences hospitality venues on Derby day! So, if you want to ask a jockey what it’s like to win the Kentucky Derby, you’re going to have your shot!

Get more information on meeting Day in Derby Experiences hospitality: 

Meet Pat Day!

7. Five-time Grammy Award Winner and Country Singer, Wynonna Judd

Remember that party mentioned previously that Derby Experiences is hosting? The Fillies & Lilies Party? And remember that live entertainment mentioned? Oh yes!

Five-time Grammy winner Wynonna Judd and The Big Noise are hitting the stage inside the Kentucky Derby Museum for the Fillies & Lilies Party! Dance the night away with celebrities as you celebrate the Kentucky Derby amidst awards that honor one of America’s oldest sports!

Oaks night is going to be a night to remember with Wynonna and The Big Noise, so you don’t want to miss the chance to be a part of this crowd!

Get more information on seeing Wynonna perform at the Fillies & Lilies Party: 

See Wynonna with a   Fillies & Lilies Party Invite!

What are you waiting for?

If you haven’t made your mind up yet to attend the 2014 Kentucky Derby, you better make it up fast! The celebrities are gathering and the first Saturday in May will be here before you know it, and you don’t want to let the Derby pass you by!

Get more information on how you can go to the 2014 Kentucky Derby with Derby Experiences Official Ticket Packages, visit our website or call 1-888-384-7088 for more information.

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