Derby Experiences Customer Testimonials & Reviews

Posted by Evan Chronis on Wed, Oct 16, 2019

Interested in attending the 2020 Kentucky Derby® but want to know more about what it's like to a be a guest of Derby Experiences?

Following the 2019 Kentucky Derby, we asked our guests about their experience at Churchill Downs® and about their favorite elements of Derby Experiences.

Here's what they had to say:

Derby Experiences Testimonials and Reviews

Derby Experiences Customer Testimonials

"It really was great to meet you this weekend. Thanks for making my birthday a little more special. The birthday card from Pat (Day) was such a nice added touch to the whole event, as was the beautiful book with his passage written inside. You were the sprinkles on top of my Derby cupcake. And to top that, I had placed a win bet on Country House. I still can’t believe that he ended up winning and so did I. Thanks to everyone (including a horse). I had a remarkable 80th birthday." -S.M.

"A big thank you for a great, great time this past weekend! Only thing that wasn’t perfect was the DQ of Maximum Security! Thanks again and I will for sure recommend you to other horse fans." -T.O.

"Your organization didn't leave anything out about what we should see, wear, etc. All your information was so much appreciated. It was a great four days. We had a wild and crazy time at the Derby. What a fun experience. The food at the Affirmed Lounge was amazing! Of course, we will always remember when we went to the Derby because of the disqualification!! Steve, who rarely takes pictures with his phone except of our grandchildren playing sports, was taking pictures of crazy suits and hats and sharing them with our friends! He was really into it. The hotel was great, the museums were great, the transportation to and from the airport and to and from Churchill Downs was great." -M.P.

"You guys gave us a sensational experience. Coming from Aussie to watch and feel the Derby the way we did with you guys... Mandy and I cant thank you enough. We certainly appreciated everything that was done for us. The survey asked if there was anything that could be improved. For us, no. You and your staff did everything above and beyond to make our Derby very special. Once again thanks and we will be seeing other events with you guys." -W.R.


How was Taste of the Derby?

“It was like 'Oscar' night. I was totally surprised. I thought it was going to be like any other party with a buffet and a bunch of people. It was just the opposite and I was thrilled. I had so much fun. The music, food, and ambiance were terrific. And we even got to have our picture taken.” -J.J.

“Great venue. Got to experience local chefs and their wonderful hors d'oeuvres. Good music, not too loud; thankfully we you could talk. Samples of mint juleps and lilies. It was the best event I have been to in some time.” -A.W.

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How was the Fillies & Lilies Party?

“Excellent food and drinks, plus the concert was great! The gift at the end was an added treat!” -C.K.

"Great food. The seating arrangement allowed to meet some other people, which was nice. Loved that it was at the (Kentucky Derby) museum.” -H.J. 

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How was your time with Derby Experiences?

“When your wife says at the end of a weekend when going to a sporting event, "We have to come next year," you know it must of been a great time for all.” -G.G.

“We could not have been more pleased with Derby Experiences. The information was spot on....everyone we dealt with before and during the weekend was helpful and pleasant. I highly recommend the entire package.” -J.C.

“We loved the whole weekend. Felt very spoiled and taken well care of! The whole team was amazing! Can't wait to go again!” -A.B.

“It was a great experience and hopefully someday we can return and will definitely use Derby Experiences again. It was our first time so we probably missed a lot of things but it was still a great trip.” -T.M.


Interested in Attending the 2020 Kentucky Derby?

The reviews are in for Derby Experiences! Want to join us at Churchill Downs on May 1-2 for the 2020 Kentucky Derby? Click below to explore the 30-plus Official Ticket Packages offered for the 146th "Run for the Roses" and make sure to check out our recap video from last year's event!

2020 Kentucky Derby Official Ticket Packages