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Kentucky Derby with MSU Professor Dr. Brian Nielsen

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Delight in the horse capital of the world with an exclusive Kentucky Derby experience in Lexington, Kentucky. Enjoy downtown accommodations at the Lexington Marriott City Center while exploring what makes the Run for the Roses a truly special event including Dawn at the Downs, the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, working horse farm tours, Keeneland race track, and Second Floor reserved seating* on Derby Day at Churchill Downs. This specialty tour offers an unforgettable way to experience “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports”. Dr. Brian Nielsen will join the group and will give his knowledge of Thoroughbreds, Derby history and his predictions during the tour. *Optional upgrades for Derby seating are available.

MSU Faculty Host - Dr. Brian Nielsen

Dr. Nielsen is a professor of Equine Exercise Physiology in the Department of Animal Science at Michigan State University.  He completed his undergraduate degree in Animal Science at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls and he received both his M.S. and Ph.D. from Texas A&M.  His research focuses on the growth and development of the equine athlete with an emphasis on the prevention of skeletal injuries to performance horses through management, training, and nutrition. He frequently writes articles for popular press publications such as the Thoroughbred Times, Speedhorse, and the American Quarter Horse Racing Journal.  Throughout his academic career, he maintained involvement in the racing industry by breaking and galloping racing Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds including such notable horses as: Two Altazano, Dakota Slew, and Cash From Texas. Dr. Nielsen has been a licensed racehorse trainer since 1997.  Recently his horse Pompandcircumstance was awarded 2010 Champion Michigan-bred Aged Gelding and 2010 Champion Older Gelding.  Furthermore, Dr. Nielsen set a World Record for the fastest mile for a cow under saddle.  He and his race cow, Taffy, competed twice before retiring undefeated and have been featured on “Ripley’s Believe It or Not”, “To Tell The Truth”, and other television shows.  Dr. Nielsen is also a true Spartan at heart serving as the charioteer for the MSU Spartan Chariot!

A minimum number of participants is required to send the faculty host.