SOURCE: Inside Track

March 19, 2007 15:02 ET

West Michigan Firm Offers Exclusive Access to Kentucky Derby Suites

Inside Track, LLC to Offer Fractional Ownership Packages of Infield Hospitality Suites

GRAND HAVEN, MI -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 19, 2007 -- A Veteran boutique event-planning firm that caters to the group luxury and adventure travel needs of Fortune 500 companies has the inside track on a rare opportunity for horse racing fans to see the spectacle that is the Kentucky Derby through fractional ownership of the exclusive trackside infield hospitality suites at Churchill Downs.

Grand Haven-based Inside Track, LLC, is operated by Patricia Armstead, CMP (Certified Meeting Professional). The firm is currently taking reservations from companies that otherwise would not have access to this exclusive VIP hospitality area at the 2007 Kentucky Derby, scheduled for the weekend of May 5 in Louisville.

Suite tickets can be purchased individually for the two days of racing that make up the 133rd Derby (Kentucky Oaks on Friday and Kentucky Derby on Saturday) or in a full-service package that includes weekend admission for one to the infield suites (the best available at Churchill Downs), round trip air fare, private transportation, three-night deluxe hotel accommodations, and nightly dinner reservations to some of Louisville's most sought-after hot spots.

"I had the privilege of attending the 2006 Derby as a guest of Churchill Downs and I was hooked from the first minute I stepped on to the grounds," says Inside Track's manager Patricia Armstead, CMP. "The tradition, the horses, the hats and all the events surrounding the Derby made me realize that the Derby experience would make for a tremendous new business or employee recognition event," Armstead adds. "This is the way for people to experience the Derby and scratch it off their "things I must do in my lifetime" list. This year even Queen Elizabeth II of England has decided to scratch it from her list and it is possible that Vaira Vike-Freiberga, the president of Latvia, will be attending."

The luxurious Infield Suites, located near the finish line and Winners Circle, feature panoramic windows, hardwood floors, theatre-style seating, private restroom facilities, in-suite pari-mutuel betting machines, closed-circuit monitors with surround sound, food and beverage service, all in a climate controlled environment. Suite guests also have access to the rooftop observation deck that offers sweeping views of the entire track. Inside Track does not own the suites. They are a broker only.

"Only a limited number of people ever get to view the Kentucky Derby this way," Armstead adds, referring to the limited seating and access to VIP events. "Inside Track is privileged to offer its guests the chance to have those bragging rights."

Inside Track, LLC was formed in 2006 by Grand Haven, Michigan-based Patricia Armstead, CMP, who has over 20 years' experience in group travel and event management. The seasoned luxury event planners of Inside Track team up with the boutique event-planning firm NorthStar Meetings & Incentives (www.follownorthstar.com) to offer full-service event management. They specialize in the creation of corporate group luxury and adventure travel experiences. With their vast network of global resources, Inside Track and NorthStar strive to create the best possible trip experience for participants while staying on budget.

Learn more about the company and the Derby experience at www.insidetrackatthederby.com

Learn more about the 133rd Kentucky Derby at www.kentuckyderby.com.

Learn more about historic Churchill Downs at www.churchilldowns.com.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Patricia Armstead, CMP
    Inside Track, LLC
    (616) 302-0705
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