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The Kentucky Derby HOP

May 5-8, 2016

Grab your favorite, most colorful hat and let’s go to the Derby! If this is on your bucket list, the ultimate experience awaits you! There’s nothing like experiencing this one-of-a-kind event firsthand.


On your way to the 2016 Escapade, in Essex Junction, Vermont, join fellow SKPs for two amazing HOPs. The 142nd Running of the Kentucky Derby, at Churchill Downs, May 5-8, 2016, and the New York City and the Hudson River Valley HOP, July 10 – 14, 2016.

For more information on this HOP, click: http://www.escapees.com/HOP/NewYorkandHudsonRiver.aspx



Known as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” or “The Run for the Roses,” this spectacular event draws the finest three-year-old thoroughbreds and is the first leg of the Triple Crown.



Starting with the running of the Kentucky Oaks, on May 6, the winner will receive money and a spread of lilies, which is called “Lilies for the Fillies.”


Be in awe of the famous regal Twin Spires; listen to the sound of the trumpet’s call to post. Get up close and listen while the jockeys get their last-minute instructions, watch the race officials conduct a final check of the equipment, horses and riders, and watch the jockeys mount their horses and head to the gates on the track.


Relax in one of the famous lounges at the track; hear the clink of the traditional Mint Julep glasses; enjoy the Kentucky Derby!



Thursday, May 5

· HOP registration

· Announcements & social hour

· Get to know each other - potluck dinner

· Best derby hat contest

· Prize for the winner


Friday, May 6

· Horse races during the day

· Lunch provided

· “Lilies for the Fillies,” The Kentucky Oaks

· VIP tour of the Paddock


Saturday, May 7

· Horse races during the day

· Lunch provided

· The Kentucky Derby

· Lunch provided


Sunday, May 8

· Safe travels & SKP hugs.


Registration includes:

3 nights, 2 action-packed, fun-filled days of the Derby

Full hookups

Best Derby hat contest

Tickets to the running of the Kentucky Oaks

Tickets to the running of the Kentucky Derby

VIP tour of the Paddock

VIP fast-access pass

Access to an in-track hospitality venue featuring snacks for purchase, a cash bar, wagering kiosks, simulcast TV coverage of all races

Meet-and-greet with a celebrity jockey

Autograph signings & photo opp with a jockey

Access to the derby lounges

2 lunches

Tickets for the trolley to/from Churchill Downs

Souvenir official Derby gift bag

Souvenir HOP button

Souvenir HOP lanyard

HOP hosts

All gratuities

and much more

Schedule subject to change. Minimum registration must be met for each HOP event; otherwise, the event will be subject to cancellation. Full refunds would be given.



Note: There will be substantial walking, several flights of stairs, and the trolley is not handicap-accessible.

Prices for this HOP

Two-person rig

$ 2,735.00

Additional person

$ 1,299.00

One-person rig

$ 1,460.00


To register for HOP
Please call the HOP department at 888-757-2582 or 936-327-8873. If you would like more information, you may e-mail hopinfo@escapees.com.


RV Parking and Driving Directions

Once you sign up for this HOP, you will be emailed a confirmation letter with this information in it.


Short-term Evacuation
Short-term evacuation insurance is now available from SkyMed. For more information on this, you can call 800-475-9633 or e-mail info@skymed.com.


Cancellation Insurance

If you or a family member has a pre-existing medical condition, you may consider purchasing cancellation insurance. Insurance can also help cover you from other unexpected emergencies. You can get more information about this insurance, such as pricing and coverage, by calling Escapees Travel Agency, at 855-757-8881 or email eta@escapees.com.


Physical Needs for HOP
Escapees Inc. will attempt to provide reasonable accommodations for disabled attendees when it is within our control. Please advise us of any special needs as early as possible so we can make arrangements. This HOP includes considerable walking when viewing the floats; please wear comfortable walking shoes. If you have a small electric scooter, please bring it to use. It can be stored under the motor coach.


By attending this event, you are agreeing to the following:
As an attendee, you assume all risk of danger relating to your personal property, RV, and attendance at the HOP event, whether occurring prior to, during, or after the event. In the event of loss or theft, no claim will be made upon Escapees, its volunteers, employees, or agents. Volunteers may be directing and assisting you in your parking areas. It is, however, the driver of the RV or other vehicle who is ultimately responsible for avoiding obstacles or dangerous situations and is solely responsible for any damage to one’s property or the property of others. As an attendee at this event, you are granting your permission to be filmed, videotaped, audiotaped, or photographed, and granting full use without compensation.


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View HOP Cancellation Policy: HOP Cancellation Policy


We will have a “Best Derby Hat” contest, so remember to bring your favorite hat!


I know you will have a wonderful time at the Kentucky Derby!



See you at the HOP!


Safe travels & SKP hugs,

Lisa Koca
HOP Director
Escapees RV Club
100 Rainbow Drive
Livingston, Texas 77351




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If you are a single person and would like to attend the 142nd Running of the Kentucky Derby HOP, May 5 - 8, 2016, with SKP friends, there is one space available just for you!


For more information, click: https://www.escapees.com/skp_files/hop/event.php?id=17


To register for this HOP, call: 888-757-2582


See you at the HOP!


Lisa Koca

HOP Director

Escapees RV Club

100 Rainbow Dr.

Livingston, Texas 77351


Email: headout@escapees.com

Website: www.escapees.com/hops

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