There is more to the Kentucky Derby than just one day a year. It is a months long series of races that culminate in a weeks celebration and lead up to the greatest race in history.

Derby & Oaks Special Events

When planning your trip to the Kentucky Derby, leave room on the itinerary for great events that lead up to The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports.

Road to the Kentucky Derby (RTTKD)

Starting in September every year prep races begin to determine the field of derby participants. Follow the contenders from across the United States, Europe and Japan as they look to make the Kentucky Derby starting gate on the first Saturday in May.

Derby Week Events

Experience a full week of race days that lead up to the Kentucky Derby. The Derby Week events are unforgettable race day experiences with unique daily themes.


Whether you are in the stands, at home or at a derby party get in on the action and place a bet on the Kentucky Derby.

Place Your Bets

Learn how to bet on the Kentucky Derby, get live odds on the Derby horses and bet with Twins Spires the official wagering site of the Kentucky Derby.

Meet the Experts

Our horse racing industry insiders provide expert insight and analysis throughout the lead up to the derby to make you feel confident in your Derby pick.

Oaks + Future Wager

A unique opportunity offered during the Road to the Derby prep race season to for individuals to bet on potential derby horses before final entrants are determined.


With over 150,000 fans expected to attend Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby find the best way to get your tickets to attend the Greatest Two Minutes in Sports!

Derby Seating Experiences

There are numerous ways to attend the Kentucky Derby. Browse all of our seating areas for more information and to get in touch with one our ticket concierge representatives or purchase tickets directly from Ticketmaster.

Derby Experience Packages

Official Ticket Packages from Derby Experiences offer the most convenient way to book an unforgettable trip to the Kentucky Derby. Enjoy access to reserved seating, premium hospitality lounges, parties, tours and local hotel and transportation accommodation options.

Ticket Information

Learn how to manage your tickets as well as review our helpful guides to answer your initial ticketing questions. If you are not seeing an answer to your specific question, get in touch with us and we can help answer your questions!


We want your experience at the Kentucky Derby to be unforgettable. Get information on everything you need to know in the lead up to the Derby.

What to Expect at the Races

The Kentucky Derby is unlike any other sporting event! With a crowd of more than 150,000 people, unparalleled history and tradition and its unique spectacle. We’ve put together some helpful suggestions for your first trip to the Kentucky Derby!

Parking + Transportation

Traffic patterns will change throughout Derby Week and on Derby Day. Review our parking information and transportation methods on how to get to Churchill Downs.

Event Information + Policies

As you plan your day, make sure you review the schedule of events during Derby Day. Also be sure to check out our prohibitied items list as you prepare to come to the track.


Now it's time to get ready to make long lasting memories. Be sure to you've reviewed everything and get ready for the Kentucky Derby.

Pick Your Derby Week Events

Whether you join us for a day or a week.There is plenty of excitement at Churchill Downs on Derby Week.

Get your tickets

Review seating options, purchase your tickets and manage your account as you get ready to come to the Kentucky Derby.

Place your bets

Follow all of the horses on the Road to the Kentucky Derby and hopefully, you will pick a winner through Twin Spires on the first Saturday in May.

Visit us

Plan your day, travel, outfits and more in anticpation of Derby Day.