May 6, 2017 - Louisville, Kentucky
Buy 2017 Kentucky Derby Travel Packages and Kentucky Derby Tickets! Visit Churchill Downs to witness the excitement of horse racing’s biggest event. Our 2017 Derby Hotel Packages include Kentucky Derby Tickets and lodging in Louisville or nearby Lexington. Transportation to the Kentucky Derby and Oaks is also included in every tour package. We also offer reserved Kentucky Derby Tickets and exclusive VIP hospitality. Churchill Downs ticket locations include the Infield, Grandstand, Clubhouse, Turf Club, or Millionaires Row.
Experience the 2017 Kentucky Derby!
Attend the Fashion and Sporting Event of the Year! We offer inclusive Kentucky Derby weekend packages at top hotels, Derby and Oaks tickets, race day transportation and VIP hospitality at the track.
Stay in Louisville or Lexington:
Create your own Derby Weekend to include a tour of the Blue Grass Country on one of our Lexington Horse Farm Tours. Go behind the scenes at local horse farms and learn how Kentucky Derby winners train. Explore local bourbon distilleries for tastings! Stay in downtown Louisville and experience the horse racing capital of the world during it's most famous weekend!
Kentucky Oaks start time is 5:45pm ET. Kentucky Derby start time is 6:24pm ET. Churchill Downs gates open at 8:00am. The first post each day is at 10:30am.
Planning your trip to the Kentucky Derby:
Where is the Kentucky Derby run?
The Kentucky Derby takes place at the historic Churchill Downs Race Track, in Louisville, Kentucky. Located in the heart of the Midwest of the United States of America, the city of Louisville is located on the banks of the Ohio River. The Kentucky Derby is considered the most famous Thoroughbred Racing event in the world. In addition to the race, the Kentucky Derby Festival provides entertainment for race fans for the 2 weeks leading up to the race.
When is the 2017 Kentucky Derby?
The Derby is held annually on the first Saturday in May and is known as “the most exciting 2 minutes in sports.” The Kentucky Oaks race will take place on Friday, May 5th and the Kentucky Derby will take place on Saturday, May 6th.
Where to sit at Churchill Downs:
The most expensive seats at the Derby are in the famed “Millionaire’s Row”, which is typically where celebrities come to watch the race. A trademark of this section is the big elaborate Kentucky Derby outfits and Kentucky Derby hats typically worn by women in this section. The best value tickets are in the First Floor grandstand sections, however you will not be able to see around the entire track from this vantage point. Higher sections providing better views include the 2nd Floor Grandstand and 3rd Floor Clubhouse. Several areas on the 3rd Floor have covered roofs that protect from the weather. The cheapest Derby tickets are in the general admission area called the Infield. This area is known for it's non-stop party atmosphere. There are no seats in the infield and there is no protection from the weather.
What to wear to the Kentucky Derby?
The Derby is considered to be the sports and fashion event of the year. For the ladies, the wardrobe centers around the Derby Hat. Derby Hats are some of the most elaborate and elegant hats created. Many in vibrate colors and designs by local area designers. Ladies also traditionally wear dresses. Men typically wear suits and straw hats.
Louisville vs. Lexington - Where to stay during the Derby:
Sports Traveler offers two lodging locations in our Derby travel packages. Planning your Derby trip starts with deciding where to stay. Louisville offers lodging closest to Churchill Downs, but this convenience does come at a higher hotel rate cost. While visiting Louisville, travelers can visit the legendary Louisville Slugger Museum and the Frazier International History Museum where the life and ideals of Muhammad Ali can be explored. Staying in Lexington offers Derby travelers a cheaper hotel lodging price and the opportunity to explore the "Blue Grass Country" filled with equine history, bourbon distilleries, and horse farm tour opportunities.
Staying on Lexington, Kentucky - home to hundreds of Thoroughbred horse farms. See Past Derby Winners and future Derby Contenders train before you attend the Kentucky Derby! Enjoy beautiful scenery, get up close to legendary horses, and visit Bluegrass Horse Country and see where scenes from the movies Seabiscuit and Secretariat were filmed! All tours are lead by a local Lexington-area guide and take you behind the scenes at some of horse racing top thoroughbred horse farms as they prepare, breed, and train their horses for the Triple Crowne racing season. Many of these farms are closed to the general public and can only be accessed by being a part of one of these exclusive horse farm tours. After spending time touring the farms, our group leader takes you to one of Kentucky's famous Woodford Reserve Bourbon Distillery for tastings and a fine lunch.
What types of horses race in the Kentucky Derby?
The Derby race is for three-year-old thoroughbred horses while the Kentucky Oaks races is just for the fillies. Qualified fillies are also eligible to race in the Derby.
What is the Triple Crown?
The Derby is the 1st race of the “triple crown”, which is one of the greatest feats in all of sports. The Triple Crown is accomplished when a horse wins all three of the following races in the same year: The Preakness States, The Kentucky Derby, and The Belmont States.This feat was last accomplished in 2015 by American Pharoah, and is typically a buzz at the Kentucky Derby, as the winner of the Derby tends to be a favorite for the Triple Crown.
Past Kentucky Derby Winners:
The 2008 winner of the Kentucky Derby Winner was Big Brown, who fell just short of completing the Triple Crown, as he fell behind down the stretch of the Belmont Stakes. The winner of the 2009 Derby was Mine That Bird and 2010 winner was Super Saver. In 2011, Animal Kingdom won and in 2012 the winner was I'll Have Another. Orb won the 2013 Derby and in 2014 California Chrome took the Derby title in what will forever be a memorable win.
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