Gates & Post Times

Gates Open

Gates open early, at 8:00 a.m. ET, on both Kentucky Derby day and Kentucky Oaks day.

  • Opening Night: Gates open at 5 PM 
  • Champions Day & May 2nd: Gates open at 11:00 AM
  • Thurby: Gates open at 11:00 AM
Gate Locations

Kentucky Derby guests can enter through the Paddock, Clubhouse or Infield Gate. See the Maps & Directions page for a map of those gate locations.  On other days of Derby Week enter through the Paddock or Clubhouse gates.

Note that only General Admission tickets may enter through the Infield Gate .

Gate Entry Process



Step 1: Visit a patron entry location located at the Paddock, Clubhouse, or Infield Gate.

General Admission tickets may enter any gate. General Admission ticket holders bringing chairs must enter at the Infield gate.

Only General Admission tickets will be allowed entry through the Infield Gate.

Step 2: Enter bag check and proceed through the security screening area.

For a full list of what is permitted/prohibited please visit: Security Information

Step 3: Have your ticket or mobile device out and ready to be scanned at a turnstile or by an attendant.

Step 4: Proceed through the turnstiles.

Step 5: Visit the appropriate wristband location to re-scan your ticket or mobile device.  An attendant will provide an access wristband, which you will need to access your seating location.

Step 6: Enjoy your day at Churchill Downs

Will Call

There is NO WILL CALL on Kentucky Derby or Kentucky Oaks days.  Click Here to view Will Call hours for Derby Week.

No Re-Entry Policy

Re-entry is not allowed after exiting the facility on any day of Derby Week.  Guests are not permitted to leave Churchill Downs and return on the same ticket. Re-admittance will only be allowed in case of emergency.

Post Times 
Kentucky Oaks Day 2018
Race 1 10:30am WPS EX DD P3
Race 2 10:58am WPS EX DD P3 P4
Race 3 11:26am WPS EX DD P3 P5
Race 4 11:59am WPS EX DD P3 P4
Race 5 12:35pm WPS EX DD P3 
Race 6 1:17pm WPS EX DD P3 P6 ()
Race 7 2:00pm WPS EX DD P3 P5   
Race 8 2:53pm WPS EX DD P3 P4
Race 9 3:53pm WPS EX DD P3 P5
Race 10 5:04pm WPS EX DD P3 P4
Race 11 6:12pm WPS EX SH5 P3 (O/D-DBL) (O/W/D-P3) (Longines- Kentucky Oaks)
Race 12 6:48pm WPS EX DD 
Race 13 7:23pm WPS EX
Kentucky Derby Day 2018
Race 1 10:30am WPS EX DD P3
Race 2 11:01am WPS EX DD P3 P4
Race 3 11:31am WPS EX DD P3 P5
Race 4 12:03pm WPS EX DD P3 
Race 5 12:35pm WPS EX DD P3 P4
Race 6 1:13pm WPS EX DD P3 
Race 7 1:55pm WPS EX DD P3 P6 ()
Race 8 2:45pm WPS EX DD P3 P5
Race 9 3:37pm WPS EX DD P3 P4
Race 10 4:28pm WPS EX DD P3 P5
Race 11 5:25pm WPS EX DD P3 P4 (Old Forester Turf Classic)
Race 12 6:50pm WPS EX DD P3 SH5 (Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve)
Race 13 7:50pm WPS EX DD
Race 14 8:20PM WPS EX


NOTE: Trifecta and Superfecta wagering on all races that qualify under Kentucky statutes.  Daily Double and Super High-5 wagers are $1 minimum straight bets.  On Oaks Day and Derby Day the Superfecta is $1 minimum wager.  Trifecta, Pick-3, Pick-4 and Pick-5 wagers are $.50 minimum straight bets.  The Pick-6 is a $2.00 minimum wager.  The Exacta is a $2.00 minimum straight bet with $1 boxes and wheels.

With the exception of Oaks and Derby Days, Superfecta wagers are $.10 minimum straight bets.Trifectas may be held on any race with five or more separate betting interests.  Superfectas may be held on any race with six or more separate betting interests.

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