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.

Note that only General Admission tickets may enter through Gate 3.

Gate Entry Process

Step 1: Visit a patron entry location located at Gate 1,3,10, or 17.

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

Only General Admission tickets will be allowed entry through 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: Have your ticket out and ready to be scanned by a Ticket Taker

Step 5: Proceed through the turnstiles.

Step 6: If you have a reserved seating mobile ticket, visit the mobile ticket check in location located immediately inside of gate 1,10, or 17.  Re-scan your mobile device to receive an access wristband.

Step 7: If you have a commemorative ticket, visit a ground level wristband location to exchange your ticket stub for an access wristband.

Step 8: Enjoy your day at Churchill Downs

Wristband Locations

Click Here to View Wristband Locations

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 2017
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 (Woodford Reserve Turf Classic)
Race 12 6:46pm WPS EX DD P3 SH5 (The Kentucky Derby presented by YUM! Brands)
Race 13 7:40pm WPS EX DD
Race 14 8:10pm WPS EX
Kentucky Oaks Day 2017
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 SH-5 P3 (O/D-DBL) (O/W/D-P3) (The Longines Kentucky Oaks)
Race 12 6:48pm WPS EX DD
Race 13 7:23pm 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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