Kentucky Derby Tickets
Kentucky Derby Tickets are now on sale! Across the globe, the Kentucky Derby is known as "the most exciting two minutes in sports." What spectacular drama will unfold in 2016? Be there at Churchill Downs to experience the pageantry and tradition of the 142nd Run for the Roses live in Louisville — Experience the excitement of horse racing by getting your 2016 Kentucky Derby tickets at Razorgator today!
Kentucky Derby 2016 News and Updates
4/27/15 - The Kentucky Derby opens this weekend, and at least 22 entries for the Derby are confirmed. The entries for the horses have now closed, and the pill pull will happen live on April 29. Although the exact line up is not yet known, experts have already started to publish their predictions for the weekend. For the Derby, experts predict that the top five horses will be American Pharoah, Dortmund, Carpe Diem, Frosted, and Mubtaahij. The top five contenders to watch for the Kentucky Oaks, which goes on at the same time at the Derby, are Condo Commando, Stellar Wind, I'm a Chatterbox, Lovely Maria, and Birdatthewire. Tickets for the Kentucky Derby on May 2, the Oaks on May 1, and combination tickets remain available, with prices starting at $67.
4/22/15 - The 141st Kentucky Derby will be here in no time. The derby will be held on May 1-2 in the famous Louisville, KY Churchill Downs arena. Many of the hopeful winners of the Kentucky Derby are scheduled to be worked at Churchill Downs this week. Included in those are War Story and Mr. Z who are running the track on April 22. War Story is scheduled to work out for five furlongs with Dylan Davis as his rider before Mr. Z hits the track as well. Don’t forget about the Kentucky Derby favorite, American Pharoah. American Pharoah worked one and a half miles after the renovation break with Jorge Alvarez aboard. See who is going to take home the big prize on May 2. Tickets for this exciting event start at $65 a piece.
4/16/15 - One of the most anticipated horse races of the year is right around the corner. The 2015 Kentucky Derby will be held on May 1-2 in the Churchill Downs arena in Louisville, KY. Leading up the two minute horse race, the stakes are high and the predictions are discussed over and over again. This year, a team hasn’t been deemed as the favorite yet, but there is still time. There are many contenders qualified to take home the victory, including Dortmund. Dortmund won the Santa Anita Derby by four and a half lengths and is predicted to be able to have a lot of gas left in the final turn in Louisville. Right on Dortmund’s coattails is American Pharoah who won the G1 Arkansas Derby. This is your chance to see all of the action live. Tickets start at $38 a piece.
1/13/15 - The first winner of qualifying points for the 2015 Kentucky Derby is El Kabeir of Zayat Stables, getting his third overall win of his career. Even though it was cold and rainy, El Kabeir is off to a great start with 21 points to get into the starting gate at Churchill Downs. Last year, it only took 20 points to make the cut, so the horse is in a comfortable position without pressure to continue to win. Tickets for this exciting race are already on sale at Razorgator, starting at only $57. Make plans now to be in Lousiville, Kentucky on May 2. Experience the race from the clubhouse, the infield, or the grandstand. If you love horse racing, there’s no better place to be during the race.
4/28/14 - The most exciting two minutes in sports will transpire this weekend! On May 3, twenty of the world's best horses will line up the gate at Churchill Downs for the first leg of the Triple Crown—and you can still get-in for a great price! Kentucky Derby tickets are down to the lowest prices they've been all year, at $704 on average and just $57 to get-in for General Admission. See the garland of roses adorn the winning thoroughbred yourself with tickets to the 140th Annual Kentucky Derby!
4/21/14 - Though the final major earning stakes are over with, the Kentucky Derby picture has continued to narrow down due to inescapable injury withdrawals. Two high-profile candidates in the Run For the Roses, Constitution (hairline fracture) and Cairo Prince (ankle), are officially out of contention. As a result, Uncle Sigh and Vinceremos have moved into the top 20. California Chrome has never raced outside of his home state, but he enters as the Derby favorite with a four-race winning streak—all by an impressive minimum of 5.25 lengths. There are only two weeks left to lock-in your tickets for this historical event! Kentucky Derby tickets have risen to $57 for Infield GA, and Kentucky Derby-Oaks Combination tickets have jumped up to $273 for Infield GA.
4/15/14 - The last of the major prep races before the Run for the Roses were held over the weekend, which means the Kentucky Derby picture is clearer than it has been all year. After all, the only points race left is this Saturday's Coolmore Lexington Stakes, which will award just 10 points to the winner. The top twenty point-earners will line up the gate at Churchill Downs on May 3—has your favorite made the cut? California Chrome leads the standings with 150 points, followed by Vicar's in Trouble, Dance with Fate, Wicked Strong, and Samraat to round out the top five contenders. Cairo Prince is safely among the top 20, edging out Uncle Sigh with the tiebreaker. Now that you know the thoroughbred contenders, be a part of the nation's most beloved race and buy your Kentucky Derby tickets today!
4/7/14 - With less than a month until the Kentucky Derby sounds off, wins are more crucial than ever. There are only two more races worth 100 points to the winner: The Blue Grass Stages at Keeneland Race Course and the Arkansas Derby in Hot Springs (April 12). This past weekend we saw two horses achieve a guaranteed spot in the Derby with some great showings: Wicked Strong (who runs in honor of Boston Marathon victims) won at Wood Memorial, while (Derby favorite) California Chrome was stunning in his fourth straight win, blazing to the finish at Santa Anita to beat Hoppertunity and Candy Boy. Kentucky Derby tickets are offered at just $55, lock yours in today!
3/31/14- This year's Run for the Roses has been left wide-open, and you know what that means! Come race day, the track at Churchill Downs will be buzzing with even more excitement than we've seen in recent years. This weekend, the Louisiana Derby marked one of the finals stops on the road to the Churchill Downs. Intense Holiday was at the gate looking to further his regard as a Derby frontrunner, but Vicar's In Trouble took the early lead and never looked back. Vicar's In Trouble is leading the Derby points standing, making him the most prolific three year-old on the trail this year. For just $55 you can get into one of the most prestigious events of the season and see history being made! This year, anything can happen at Churchill Downs, so Kentucky Derby tickets are a must-buy!
3/25/14 - Honor Code, the thoroughbred to start 2014 favored to win the Kentucky Derby, is off the Triple Crown Trail with a torn ligament in his right hind leg. That's the second horse trainer Shug McGaughey has lost this year, after Top Billing was also taken out of contention a couple weeks ago due to injury. Candy Boy remains a favorite in the standings, but anything can happen this week. The Florida Derby and the Louisiana Derby take off this weekend, featuring both frontrunners Cairo Prince and Intense Holiday, and Candy Boy is not slated to start until next Saturday's Santa Anita Derby. The get-in price for Kentucky Derby tickets remains $55, and has not moved at all since early February—you better secure them before prices jump up as the May date approaches!
3/17/14 - Last week, the action at Santa Anita Park introduced California Chrome to the world in the race for the Derby. A Cal-bred horse has not won the Run for the Roses since 1962 with Decidedly, but considering California Chrome is "peaking at the right time," he looks like a real contender! This weekend, Hoppertunity held on for the victory at Rebel Stakes, forcing Tapiture to finish second. Unfortunately, Top Billing—one of the leading Kentucky Derby contenders—is sidelined with an injury, and is now removed from the Triple Crown trail. You wait all year for the Derby, so why not make a weekend out of it? Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks Combination tickets start at a sweet $116!
3/4/14 - This past Saturday, New York-bred Samraat and Uncle Sigh finished one and two in Gotham Stakes for $500,000 at Aqueduct—effectively moving these two into the top ten in the Run For The Roses. The only New York-bred horse to win at Churchill Downs was Funny Cide, and with Intense Holiday, Honor Code and Candy Boy going strong, the latest NY contenders will have to work harder than ever through these last 13 prep races. If you want to save and buy the cheapest Kentucky Derby tickets available ($55), you won't have to worry about not having a great view, because Churchill Downs just partnered with Panasonic to construct a $12 million, 15,224-foot high, HD video screen along the backstretch!
2/24/14 - As we inch closer and closer to the Kentucky Derby, the Run for the Roses is as tight as ever. Both the Fountain of Youth Stakes and the Risen Star, important prep races for the Derby, were not won by favorites. A 9-2 shot, Wildcat Red, won the Fountain of Youth to beat out the 2-1 favorite, Top Billing. Intense Holiday, a 5-1 shot, won by a hair over Albano at Fair Grounds for the Risen Star. The photo finish this weekend in Louisville has appropriately set the tone for this year's exciting road to the Derby so get your tickets now! The favorites for the Kentucky Derby may be fluctuating, but ticket prices for the event remain unchanged since last week.
2/18/14 - This weekend, chestnut colt Tapiture galloped his way into victory and into the front of the Churchill Downs' Run for the Roses. The three year-old pulled off a convincing win at Southwest Stakes by 4.5 lengths over favorite Strong Mandate. This, coupled with first place at Kentucky Jockey Club and third in the Iroquois, has granted Tapiture the most overall points after the first set of Derby Prep races. Kentucky Derby tickets are slightly down and available for as little as $55, lock yours in now!
2/12/14 - Things just got a little more interesting in the race for the Kentucky Derby. Saturday's victory at Santa Anita Park by Candy Boy put the colt on the map and determined the eligibility of 20 horses that will compete on the road to Churchill Downs. Candy Boy won at Robert B. Lewis Stakes by a half-length with a 1:41.83 finish, a ride and time that has impressed all. Other favorites Honor Code, Shared Belief and Mutuel Park are still holding strong as favorites in this early "Run for the Roses".
The world of horse racing is taking a serious turn as the Triple Crown steadily approaches. After some stellar performances over the last couple weeks on the glittering road to the Kentucky Derby, three competitors in particular have arisen. Cairo Prince nailed the Holy Bull at Gulfstream, blowing away the competition by 5.6 lengths, showing his chops as a real contender, while Shared Belief, pulled a beautiful 106 (Beyer Speed Figure) in the CashCall Futurity, and Vicar’s in Trouble, bred out of Louisiana round out the top three three-year olds. While horses will crop in and out of the Derby race, keep an eye on these early favorites; also keep an eye on Kentucky Derby tickets while they’re reasonably priced! Kentucky Oaks tickets are consistently more affordable, starting at just $35 to get into Infield GA, compared with $56 for the same spot at the Kentucky Derby a day later. Go to both events for a $95 minimum or shell out $5428 and fine dine with the best in the Turf Club. Kentucky Derby tickets are always of the highest demand, and are currently $887 on average to be a part of history this year.
Kentucky Derby History
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.