Kentucky Derby Tours Testimonials

Horse racing fans have loved Kentucky Derby Tours for over sixty years!
See what a few have to say about our Tour!


“Thanks for the trip of a lifetime! We had an amazing time, and always felt like you wanted to make sure we had a great trip. We felt like we did more in 5 days than most trips do in 2 weeks. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!”

Cheryl and Jeff Moody, Horse Racing Fans

“I certainly want to thank you for the wonderful week we had in Kentucky. If your Tours of the past were anything like this one, you have surely made a lot of people happy. I know my niece Sharon certainly had a great time, as did I. The week was topped off with Barbaro running an impressive Kentucky Derby. Again, thank you for everything. It was a week I’ll always remember.”

Carl Hanford, Hall of Fame trainer of Kelso, 5 time horse of the year

“I have stood in the infield on Derby Day; have covered the Derby as a member of the Press, as a VIP, and have been on Jane Dempsey’s Kentucky Derby Tours and can honestly say the Dempsey Derby Tours will result in an unforgettable experience for anyone who signs up and participates. The five-day package is complete. From the moment of arrival in Louisville to departing for “Home” the variety of planned activities including outstanding seats for both the Oaks on Friday and Derby on Saturday will result in positive memories which will last a lifetime. Jane Dempsey’s Kentucky Derby Tours is a must for anyone who really wants to SEE THE DERBY THE RIGHT WAY. The cost for the junket package is a bargain by any standard.”

Ralph Vacca, General Manager, Washintgton Horse Breeders Association

“I just returned from an amazing five days at the Kentucky Derby. I enjoyed every aspect of the junket but the three minutes (one before and two of) the actual race were the most exciting and thrilling athletic contest I’ve ever watched. I can never imagine being more in the moment!!”

Dr. Rick Schavone, 30-year Stanford University Diving Coach

“RJ and I would like to thank you again for another enjoyable junket, every year it gets more exciting. We really enjoy going places like the backside of Churchill Downs and the thoroughbred farms. Meeting and hearing Penny Chenery Tweedy’s stories about Riva Ridge and Secretariat during our lunch at Spindletop Hall was especially memorable. You really make the trip fun and we look forward to going again next year. Thank you again so much.”

Ann and RJ Burke, Thoroughbred Owners

“I wanted to drop you a note regarding the excellent tour you provide. Doing a tour that is as exclusive as yours is no easy task and I must commend you on a superbly performed job. All the special features, touches and activities contained in your package are matched by none and will forever be etched in our memories of a fabulous time. Oh, by the way. unknown to you, I have been in the travel industry for over 27 years and Margie and I have participated in some fabulous tours, events, and functions worldwide. The Jane Dempsey Kentucky Derby Junket now leads the list of class and exclusivity. Congratulations on an outstanding performance. Our friends just look in awe when we show the pictures, souvenirs and we tell of our experiences on your tour. Hopefully we’ll get some of them on your tour in the future.

Thom and Margie Knitter, 27 years in the Travel Industry

“Besides feeding peppermints to Secretariat, another lasting memory of Jane Dempsey’s Kentucky Derby Junket is ‘Dawn at the Downs’…you’re struck by the lonesomeness of the horses at that hour. Just the horsemen and the horses then. But in a couple of days, they’ll be given the other extreme, performing before tens of thousands.”

Ruth Turner, Thoroughbred Owner

“I’ve never had so much fun…I would recommend this trip to all horse racing lovers. Our clients just loved going with us. Every detail was exactly as we hoped it would be.”;

Sue and Joe Peed, Publishers of Equine Images