Horse racing’s grandest affair, the 140th annual Kentucky Derby, is just over one week away and ticket prices are the lowest they’ve been all year. The most exciting two minutes in sports will transpire on May 3 at Churchill Downs and the competition is as fierce as ever. Nothing brings pageantry and spectacle to the world of sports quite like the Run for the Roses, which makes Kentucky Derby tickets some of the most in-demand vouchers each year.
The average price for Kentucky Derby tickets is $704, down from $812—a 13% drop since last week. This trend is consistent with last year’s numbers, which saw prices fall from $897 (8/23/13) to $758 (8/30/13) a few days before the event. In 2014, the average person will have saved $184 if they waited to purchase Derby tickets until this week, as prices were at a high of $888 at the beginning of April. The minimum price you’ll pay to get into Churchill Downs this year is generally unchanged: pay $57 for General Infield Admission next Saturday.
The last of the major prep races before the Run for the Roses closed two weeks ago, and the Top 20 thoroughbreds with the most points have locked in their spots. Barring injury, the top five to line up the gate will be California Chrome, Vicar’s in Trouble, Dance With Fate, Wicked Strong and Samraat. The most recent high-profile entrants to fall out of the running are Constitution and Cairo Prince, allowing Vinceremos and Harry’s Holiday to punch their tickets to Louisville. California Chrome has yet to compete outside of the Golden State, but he enters as a tremendous favorite with a four-race win streak—all by an impressive minimum of 5.25 lengths to boot.
A future Triple Crown winner may be amongst these three year-olds, score Kentucky Derby tickets and witness the first chapter of this historic event! Remember, gambling is optional; floppy hats and bow ties are not.
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