Kentucky Derby - A Closer Look
Known as “the most exciting two minutes in sports”, the Kentucky Derby is also one America’s oldest and most prestigious sporting traditions. The first Derby, held at Churchill Downs in 1875, had about 10,000 in attendance. Today, the event regularly draws over 150,000 spectators on the first Saturday in May. The Derby finishes off a week of festivities in Lexington that also includes the Kentucky Oaks
, held the day before the Derby. The Kentucky Derby is the first leg of the Triple Crown for three-year-old thoroughbreds. The second leg is held two weeks after the Derby at the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, followed three weeks later by the Belmont Stakes
in New York. A 2014 Triple Crown winner would be just the 12th in history and the first since 1978.
The average price for a ticket to the 2014 Kentucky Derby is $1203, over three times more expensive than the Kentucky Oaks, which is averaging $377. In 2013, Derby tickets reached an all-time low
the week of the event. All sections of the historic Churchill Downs provide a memorable experience. The most affordable options are General Admission Infield tickets. While it doesn’t offer the best vantage point to watch the racing, the Infield is well known for its partying. By contrast, the Millionaires Row offers the best view of both the track and of the rich and famous fans in attendance. Whether in the Millionaires Club or Infield, Grandstand or Clubhouse, derby hats and mint juleps are a must on race day.