Choosing the Right Kentucky Derby® Ticket Package for You

Posted by Darragh Farrelly on Mon, Feb 13, 2017

Going to the Kentucky Derby® is the trip of a lifetime. An event steeped in history, the world’s most famous race, which will take place for the 143rd time on May 6th at Churchill Downs®, is the first leg of the coveted Triple Crown™, where the world’s best three-year-old thoroughbreds compete.

The Official Experience Package Provider to Churchill Downs® for the Kentucky Oaks® and the Kentucky Derby®, Derby Experiences gives race-goers unparalleled access. Providing clients with perfect vantage points to watch both race days, premium open bars, gourmet food buffets and celebrity appearances with events taking place throughout the week in Louisville, Derby Experiences is simply unrivalled.

Knowing What to Choose

With more than 30 Official Ticket Packages to choose from, we provide our clients with unlimited options to make sure their every need is catered for. Whether it is premium hospitality you desire most, meeting legendary jockeys like Pat Day or Laffit Pincay, or simply having the best view in the house, your options are plentiful.

To help you choose which Ticket Package suits you best, we have broken down some of our options to figure out which one suits you best based on your needs.  

Our Ticket Package Options

It’s my first time heading to the Derby, and I want to do it in style. What are some of my best options?

By choosing one of our Premium Packages, there really is no better way to the Derby. Stakes Room gives you the comfort of an indoor dining room with tables of 4, 6 or 8, with exceptional views of the entire track.

With premium open bars and gourmet food buffets to help you digest the racing, added benefits include private wagering stations, celebrity appearances and VIP Fast Access Pass into Churchill Downs®.

By adding travel and lodging at the Galt House Hotel, you will have all your bases covered for doing the Derby in style.

I prefer views of the paddock with the horses in the parade ring.

Fear not, Turf Club Balcony is perfect for you! With privileged views of the paddock area from the 3rd floor, your ticket package will give you access to the exclusive Turf Club.

With premium open bars and gourmet food service to savor on, enjoy celebrity appearances and an Official Derby Experiences Gift Bag added. A three-night stay (check-in Thursday, May 4, check-out Sunday May 7) is also available for add-on at some of Louisville’s most luxurious hotels.

I’m a huge race fan, and would love the chance to meet some legends.

better way to hear of what it takes to win a Kentucky Derby® other than straight from the horse’s mouth (no pun intended!)? With Clubhouse Pink, guests will have the opportunity to meet with celebrity jockeys Pat Day, winner of the Derby in 1992, and Laffit Pincay, who steered Swale to victory in the 1984 Kentucky Derby®. Having the added benefit of climate-controlled hospitality away from the elements is perfect for re-charging the batteries. By choosing to add one of our hotels, guests will have motor coach transportation to and from Churchill Downs® on both Oaks and Derby days.

You mentioned events taking place throughout the week. What are they and how can I go?

Derby Experiences is hosting numerous parties throughout the week, including the Official Kick-Off Party for the Kentucky Derby, Fillies & Lilies Party (Friday, May 5). Taking place on the grounds of Churchill Downs at the Kentucky Derby Museum, a night of live entertainment in this intimate setting will see country sensation Clint Black take to the stage.

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By selecting a Grandstand Orange Ticket Package, you will have access to this exclusive event hosted by Derby Experiences, and we haven’t even mentioned the added benefits of tickets to both Oaks and Derby race days!

With an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet, complimentary beer and wine, LIVE entertainment including an exclusive presentation featuring Pat Day, what more could you ask for? We provide guests with the option of adding three-night accommodations that includes transportation to and from the track.

Booking Your Spot

Heard enough and have found the ideal Official Ticket Package for you? Contact one of our Derby Experiences representatives today to secure your spot at the 143rd running of the Kentucky Oaks® and Derby®. Call us on 888.384.7088 to discuss your options.  

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