LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The Kentucky Derby contenders are all flying first class to Louisville.
The horses are all passengers on Air Horse One, a 727 owned by Lexington based H.E. "Tex" Sutton Forwarding that bills its service as "First Class Equine Air Travel."
The trip to Louisville includes an in-flight meal of hay and water and five handlers ride with the horses to make sure there are no issues.
Sutton's Mike Payne says they treat all the horses the same but will give a Derby horse a bigger stall on the plane if the trainer asks for it and there is room available.
The trip to Louisville costs anywhere from $3,200 to $5,000 per horse, one way.