MIKE de Kock and his Kentucky Derby team expected much attention from the public and the racing media in Louisville, Kentucky this week, but the intensity of KY Derby frenzy surprised Mike all the same.
“The Kentucky Derby is the Dubai World Cup on steroids,” commented Mike earlier this week. “It’s crazy here, just crazy!” he wrote in an sms to his website.
All of this was not surprisingly a good reason to break away for a relaxing round of golf. Mike, Warne Rippon, Christophe Soumillon and Mathew de Kock drove to the famous Valhalla Golf Club on Thursday to destress.
Valhalla, located east of Louisville, is a private golf club designed by Jack Nicklaus, opened 29 years ago in 1986. In 1992, Valhalla was selected to host the PGA Championship in the 1996.
Soumillon, prolific on twitter, also posted photos of a visit to the Kentucky Derby Museum and said: “What a wonderful experience.”
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Special moments shared at Valhalla.
Mathew and Christophe: “All Schweet!”
Valhalla Trophy Cabinet.
Kentucky Derby Museum.
Silks on display inside KY Derby Museum.