Horse racing is often called “The Sport of Kings,” a throwback to the days when the cultural elite would amuse itself by watching horses race each other atop local monarchs. Though the rules of the sport have changed slightly, watch the excitement with this Groupon.
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- $99 for admission for two to the Jockeys and Juleps 2012 Kentucky Derby viewing party on Saturday, May 5, at 3 p.m. (up to a $200 value)
- $199 for admission for four to the Jockeys and Juleps 2012 Kentucky Derby viewing party on Saturday, May 5, at 3 p.m. (up to a $400 value)<p>
In the covered stables at Cascade Stables, guests gather to watch the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby on a widescreen TV. Every attendee is encouraged to come dressed in early-20th-century horse-track-outing finery, which could earn him or her the winning place in a best hat contest or an IOU for a time machine ride once one is invented. During the race, guests can sip on mint juleps and nibble on food provided by a New Orleans restaurant while listening to music from a live band and joining in a silent auction. Hosted by the Friends of the Stables in Audubon Park, the event’s proceeds will help fund therapeutic riding programs.<p>
Nestled in Audubon Park's rolling, verdant grounds dappled with tall oak trees, Cascade Stables' riding facilities train horse riders and enthusiasts in all levels of the equestrian sport. Seasoned trainers guide private and group lessons through trots and canters around a 60'x140' outdoor riding arena and a 80'x160' covered indoor arena, or through the park's relative wilderness on trail rides, where they may glimpse a wild Robin Hood in its natural habitat. Extended training programs instill riders and their horses with the passion and skills necessary to compete nationally. In addition to its arenas, the facilities boast amenities such as 44 rubber-matted stalls, which cradle horses when not in use, and a trio of air-conditioned tack rooms, where riders can store pet snowmen during lessons.