Gates & Post Times

Gates Open

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

Gate Locations

Kentucky Derby guests can enter through Gate 1, Gate 17, Gate 10 and Gate 3. See the Maps & Directions page for a map of those gate locations.

Gate Entry Process

Step 1:  Locate your designated entry gate at the top of your ticket or on the more info tab of your e-ticket (bottom right hand corner)

General Admission may enter any gate.  General Admission ticket holders bringing chairs must enter at Gate 3.

Step 2: Enter bag check

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

Step 3: Enter wand metal detector scanning

Step 4: Follow signage to the correct ticket scanning lane for your ticket

Step 5: Ticket Taker will verify you are in the correct lane

Step 6: Ticket Taker will scan your ticket

Step 7: Proceed to wrist-banding booth to receive wristband

Step 8: Proceed through the turnstiles.  DO NOT proceed without your wristband. 

Step 9: Enjoy your day at Churchill Downs

Will Call

There is NO WILL CALL on Kentucky Derby or Kentucky Oaks days.

No Re-Entry Policy

Re-entry is not allowed after exiting the facility. Kentucky Derby 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 Derby Day 2016

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 ($1,000,000 Guaranteed Pool)
Race 8 2:45pm WPS EX DD P3 P5
Race 9 3:35pm WPS EX DD P3 P4
Race 10 4:28pm WPS EX DD P3
Race 11 5:25pm WPS EX DD P3 P4(Woodford Reserve Turf Classic)
Race 12 6:34pm WPS EX DD P3 SH5(The Kentucky Derby presented by YUM! Brands)
Race 13 7:35pm WPS EX DD
Race 14 8:05pm WPS EX

Kentucky Oaks Day 2016

Race 1 10:30am WPS EX DD P3
Race 2 11:00am WPS EX DD P3 P4
Race 3 11:30am WPS EX DD P3 P5
Race 4 12:05pm WPS EX DD P3 P4
Race 5 12:43pm WPS EX DD P3
Race 6 1:26pm WPS EX DD P3 P6 ($250,000 Guaranteed Pool)
Race 7 2:08pm WPS EX DD P3 P5
Race 8 3:02pm WPS EX DD P3 P4
Race 9 4:02pm WPS EX DD P3
Race 10 4:52pm WPS EX DD P3 P4
Race 11 5:49pm WPS EX SH-5 P3 (The Longines Kentucky Oaks)
Race 12 6:25pm WPS EX DD
Race 13 7:00pm 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 a $1.00 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 $1.00 boxes and wheels.

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