Sentient Jet renewed as preferred private aviation partner of Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks and Churchill Downs


Sentient Jet is pleased to announce the renewal of its multiyear collaboration with the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks and Churchill Downs as the esteemed horseracing organizations’ Preferred Private Aviation Partner.

As an official partner of the two annual races and their shared home track, Sentient Jet has curated several experiences surrounding this weekend’s (May 3-4) celebrations including bespoke private travel services, special on-site hospitality offerings and the third annual Derby Day Breakfast hosted by brand ambassador and celebrity chef Bobby Flay.

Further, the private aviation company will add additional support to the horseracing community over the weekend through its position as the presenting sponsor of the Alysheba Stakes, a highlight of Oaks Day. The 2019 event marks the fourth consecutive year that Sentient Jet will offer signature services for fans and participants since becoming the first private jet provider to assume the role of Preferred Private Aviation Partner in 2016, as well as the latest demonstration of the brand’s longstanding commitment to the thoroughbred horseracing industry as a whole.

“Over the past decade, Sentient Jet has become deeply engrained in the horseracing community with a proud presence at many major industry events,” said Andrew Collins, president and CEO of Sentient Jet.

“We’re thrilled to kick off our 20th anniversary year with the renewal of our commitment to the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks and Churchill Downs – three of the world’s most prestigious racing organizations – and look forward to continuing our longstanding support of the sport and all of those who dedicate their livelihoods to it.”

Sentient Jet will usher in Derby Day at the invite-only Derby Day Breakfast, which will take place from 9:00-11:00am on Saturday, May 4, at 21c Museum Hotel, Louisville’s leading hotel. The exclusive culinary event will feature delectable dishes, craft cocktails and engaging entertainment.

“The Derby has been a highlight of my annual calendar for many years, and I’m proud to be a part of the weekend’s newest tradition with the Derby Day Breakfast,” said Flay. “It’s a joy to combine my passion for cooking with my love of horseracing, and I’m looking forward to sharing race day predictions with fellow fans over fine food and drink.”

Additionally, Sentient Jet will once again provide private flight access to the races through its prestigious Jet Card platform, which offers a seamless and stylish way to travel to and from Louisville during Derby weekend.

Through the singular service, all Derby guests will be able to fly to Kentucky through Sentient Jet without entering a Jet Card commitment. Beyond the flight experience itself, passengers will also gain access to the additional benefits offered to Sentient Jet cardholders at the event, including entry to the Derby Day Breakfast.

“Year after year, our cardholders make way to Churchill Downs to take in the most exciting two minutes in sports, and it’s an honor to be an eagerly anticipated part of their festivities,” said Collins. “Whether through our signature travel services, annual breakfast or on-site experiences, we can’t wait to welcome new friends and old to celebrate the Kentucky Derby with Sentient Jet.”

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