Kentucky Derby Online Media Center

Welcome to the Churchill Downs Racetrack and Kentucky Derby Online Media Center. This Web page is tailored to provide journalists and media outlets with information and assistance in coverage of events at Churchill Downs and "America's Greatest Race." Be sure to check back often as the Churchill Downs communications department updates this area with important notices and information.

Also, be sure to follow @DerbyMedia and @HorseRacingKK on Twitter for the latest news, notes and information from the Churchill Downs communications department.

The 148th running of the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve will be held Saturday, May 7, 2022.  

The deadline to apply for media credentials was April 11, 2022. Invitations to apply online for media credentials via are limited to those who are employed by an established media source and/or freelance journalists or photographers who have been assigned coverage by an established media source. Reach and prior event coverage are taken into account. 

2022 Churchill Downs Media Rules and Guidelines

2022 Churchill Downs Release and Indemnification Agreement

2022 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks Video/Audio News Access Guidelines


* Saturday, April 23: First day of the special training period for Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks contenders. The 15-minute exclusive training window is 7:30-7:45 a.m.

* Monday, April 25: First day of a daily one-hour broadcast from 7-8 a.m. of the special training period for Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks contenders (7:30-7:45 a.m.). It will be livestreamed on the Kentucky Derby social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and YouTube) along with

* Saturday, April 30: Opening Night: Style Under the Stars / Live racing (First of 10 races: 6 p.m.; Last race: 10:42 p.m.)

* Sunday, May 1: Dawn at the Downs

* Monday, May 2: Dawn at the Downs / Kentucky Derby & Kentucky Oaks Post Position Draw in the Aristides Lounge (2-3 p.m.) / Second Stride Champions Night at Molly Malone's Highlands (6-10 p.m.)

* Tuesday, May 3: Champions Day: Champions for Change "Ladies in Racing" / Live racing (First of 9 races: 12:45 p.m.; Last race: 4:55 p.m.) / KTA's Kentucky Derby Trainers' Dinner at Speed Art Museum (6:00 p.m.)

* Wednesday, May 4: Live racing (First of 10 races: 12:45 p.m.; Last race: 5:25 p.m.)

* Thursday, May 5: Thurby presented by Old Forester / Infield open for first time on Thurby / Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats perform in concert in the Infield / Live racing (First of 11 races: 12:45 p.m.; Last race: 6:14 p.m.)

* Friday, May 6: Kentucky Oaks Day / Live racing (First of 13 races: 10:30 a.m.; Last race: 7:00 p.m.) / Race 11: Kentucky Oaks (5:51 p.m.) / Fillies & Lilies at Kentucky Derby Museum (7-10 p.m.) / Barnstable Brown Gala (Barnstable residence) / Unbridled Eve at The Galt House (7:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.) / Rockin' Derby Eve at Paristown Hall (7:30 p.m.)

* Saturday, May 7: Kentucky Derby Day / Live racing (First of 14 races: 10:30 a.m.; Last race: 8:30 p.m.) / Race 12: Kentucky Derby (6:57 p.m.) / Winner’s Party at Kentucky Derby Museum (7:30-9:00 p.m.)

If you have any specific questions, please contact Darren Rogers ([email protected]), Kevin Kerstein ([email protected]) or CDI's Tonya Ablen ([email protected]). 

Churchill Downs Racetrack and the Communications Team look forward to your possible arrival and your subsequent coverage of the Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs!


Darren Rogers
Senior Director, Communications & Media Services
Churchill Downs Racetrack
700 Central Avenue
Louisville, KY 40208
(502) 636-4461 (Office)
(502) 345-1030 (Mobile)
(502) 636-4469 (Fax)
[email protected]

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