Running for over 138 years, the Kentucky Derby has been the nation’s top horse race and most exhilarating 2 minutes of sports action. Legendary thoroughbreds and celebrities have stepped through the derby’s halls, but only a handful have been handed the garland of roses and placed among the champions of champions. For those who have watched the race know the instinctive thrill you get when watching is unrivaled by any other event. For those 2 minutes, horse fans hold their breath and never blink from their favorite horse.
The first iconic turn sets the stage for the race, as only one steed can take the lead. From there, it’s a heart pounding race to see your horse keep the lead or break ahead. Then comes the last stretch as every jockey stretches the full power of their ability. In only hairs of a second, you can see your heart broken or fill it with rejoice. No other sports event can compress such excitement into a one day.
For those looking to attend the Kentucky Derby, see the information below:
- Kentucky Derby
- Where: Churchill Downs Stadium, Louisville, KY
- When: May 4, Gates open at 8 a.m., Television coverage starts late in the afternoon
Map of Parking and Shuttle Buses
Entering Churchill Downs
- General Admission guests can enter through any gate. Patrons wishing to spend the day in the infield should enter via Gate 1 or 3.
- Guests with reserved clubhouse seats enter at Gate 10 or 17.
- Guests with reserved grandstand seats — including bleacher seats — should enter the track at Gate 1.
The Kentucky Derby is a “Dress to Impress” event. Ladies typically wear pastel-colored suits and dresses, along with large hats. Gentlemen usually wear seersucker suits, light-colored sports coats, khakis, and fashionable ties. For clothing ideas, view Derby Photos.
For more information about the Kentucky Derby, visit their website: Kentucky Derby