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Kentucky Derby
Louisville, KY

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$3,450.00

Trip Length:

4 days, May 1-4, 2019

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Complete Packages for the 2019 Kentucky Derby

The Best 2 Minutes in Sports!

You fly there, we take care of the rest:

  • Choose your 3 to 5-star hotel
  • Transportation from airport
  • Breakfasts and happy hours
  • Add on Kentucky Bourbon distillery tours and other options
  • On-site guide assistance
  • Kentucky Derby gift package
  • All taxes and fees included

 

Why You Should Go:

At Bucket List Events we offer packages that include Bourbon distillery tours, behind the scenes at Churchill Downs Race Track, museum entrance and a number of options for race day tickets.  From VIP service at the track to the Winner’s Circle party we have access to exceptional activities that you want be a part of. Depending on your preference there are many premium hospitality lounges that offer an array of wagering facilities, open bars, cuisine and much more! A Grade I stakes race held each year in Louisville, The Kentucky Derby at the Churchill Downs racetrack is for three-year-old thoroughbred horses and is the first leg of U.S. racing’s Triple Crown, which is followed by the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes.

Known as the “Run of the Roses” or the “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports History,” the Kentucky Derby it the longest running event in the U.S. The race may only last two minutes, but its tradition boasts a two-day event filled with tours, parties, mint juleps and private events! Join Bucket List Events for exclusive party access and much, much more.

 

Kentucky Derby Starting Line

 

At Bucket List Events we offer packages that include Bourbon distillery tours, behind the scenes at Churchill Downs Race Track, museum entrance and a number of options for race day tickets.  From VIP service at the track to the Winner’s Circle party we have access to exceptional activities that you want be a part of. Depending on your preference there are many premium hospitality lounges that offer an array of wagering facilities, open bars, cuisine and much more!

A Grade I stakes race held each year in Louisville, The Kentucky Derby at the Churchill Downs racetrack is for three-year-old thoroughbred horses and is the first leg of U.S. racing’s Triple Crown, which is followed by the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes.

2019 Kentucky Derby Pricing and Packages

Thanks for inquiring about the Kentucky Derby, the premier event in horse racing! Always held on the first Saturday in May, the 2019 event falls on May 4th Most hotels require a three night stay, so it is best to arrive on Thursday and head home on Sunday after the race. I’ve divided the pricing below into segments that you can mix and max to build the perfect experience for your group.
You can secure your order with just a $500 deposit. Then you have the option to make monthly payments, or to pay half of the balance on November 1 and the remainder on April 1, 2019.

 

TICKET OPTIONS
You can attend the Derby with just general admission Infield ticket for $100, but you’ve come here because you want to have a reserved seat and truly enjoy yourDerby experience. Churchill Downs is divided into three primary types of reserved seats:
  • GrandStand Seats:   These are bleachers and are located well before the finish line.   They are the least expensive options for a reserved seat.
  • ClubHouse Seats:  These are chairback seats.  This is where you are most likely to spot women wearing big hats and men in a sport coat.  These usually come in groupings of 6 or 8. Clubhouse tickets become more expensive as you get higher up and/or closer to the finish line. You will also pay a premium for seats that are under cover.
  • Inside Table Seating:  These Club & Table sections are typically behind glass, and are the most expensive options.   This is the most “refined” experience.  Usually tables of 8.
Another thing to understand about Churchill Downs is that the higher up you go, the more valuable the ticket, since you can see more of the track.   From wherever your seat is located, you can always visit everything beneath you, but the reverse is not true.   For example, with a 3rd floor Clubhouse seat you are free to roam around the first floor Clubhouse, but not vice versa.  You can never visit upwards from where you are ticketed.

Here are some prices for various options around Churchill Downs.

  • First floor Grandstand (section 121-128) $475 ea
  • Second floor Grandstand (sections 228-222) $575 ea
  • First floor Clubhouse (section 112 or better) $900 ea
  • Second/3rd floor Clubhouse after finish line (sections 212, 312,312) $1400 ea
  • Mid level 2nd 3rd floor Clubhouse (sections 314-315, 218-220) $1750 ea
  • Tier 2 3rd Floor Clubhouse (sections 319-321) $1900 ea
  • Tier 1 3rd Floor Clubhouse (section 316-318) $2400 ea   (In my opinion, this is the best place to watch the races)
  • Premium first floor Clubhouse (section 116-120) $1600 pp
Higher End Table Seating (price is per seat)
  • Millionaires Row $3700 ea
  • Sky Terrace $2900 ea
  • Gold Room (four tops) $2300 ea
  • Turf Club (boxes or tables) $3550 ea    (Celebrity gathering area)
  • Turf Club lettered row table $5800 ea
Ultra High End
Guaranteed in pairs only. I can sell no more than 6 seats in either category….
  • Turf Terrace.  $14,500 pp.   This is table seating in the very midst of the celebrity area, with an outdoor view of the track.   The absolute best spot to be in Churchill Downs.
  • The Mansion.  $16,500 pp.  (Super secret, over the top experience with your own private concierge.   Access to everything in the building.

 

HOTEL OPTIONS

 

Good 3-Star Hotels — $475 per night, 3-night minimum
We have numerous options for 3-Star hotel properties. If you let us choose the property, you’ll be guaranteed the best rate for a decent hotel property in the middle of the action.

 

Better 3.5-Star Hotels –
  • Caesar’s Horseshoe Casino Hotel – 15 minute drive from downtown, but a great deal for $650 per night
  • Embassy Suites Downtown – $850 per night
Great 4-Star Hotels
  • The Galt House / Omni Hotel $1150 per night, 3-night minimum

 

The Best 5-Star Hotels — $1650 per night, 3-night minimum
There are some amazing options in Louisville if you’ve got more refined tastes. Our top end hotel options include:
  • Brown Hotel
  • Seelbach Hotel
  • 21c Hotel

 

TOURS & OTHER ACTIVITIES
Kentucky Oaks – You can attend Friday’s races at the track in the same seats as above, but for 60% of the price
Taste of the Derby – $400 per person
Barnstable-Brown Party – The ultimate Friday night party — $1450 Gen Adm or $2750 for VIP Table seating
Horse Farm Tour – $275 per person
Bourbon Distillery Tour – – $195 per person.

 

Things to Know about the 2019 Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby is one of the most famous thoroughbred racetracks in the world. It is certainly the largest one here in the states. It is often called, “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports,” and draws spectator crowds around 155,000 each year.

To qualify for this race, participants must first participate in a series of 35 races around the world. It is a bigger racetrack than most other tracks with 20 competing horses. The prize for the winning horse is $2 million.

The Kentucky Derby race takes place on May 4, 2019.

Our Kentucky Oaks races takes place on May 3, 2019.

Plan Your Week

The Kentucky Derby takes place on the first Saturday of May each year in Louisville, KY. The Derby may be a short race, but the event is a weeklong event.

Opening Night

Opening night takes place from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. It is essentially an evening party and a chance to show off your Kentucky Derby fashion. The Kentucky Derby is a famous for their headpieces, and opening night is a chance to showcase yours.

The first live race takes place at 6 p.m.

Dawn at the Downs

Dawn at the Downs takes place Tuesday, April 30, through Thursday, May 2, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.. It is a morning event that gives Kentucky Derby fans a chance to watch the racers train for the big race.

Thurby

Thurby takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 2. Attendees will get to enjoy the three things that made Kentucky so famous – great horse racing, bourbon and music.

Taste of Derby

Taste of Derby takes place from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2. It is a night of exquisite cuisine, wine pairings and live music. This particular event takes the proceeds from ticket sales and gives them to hunger relief organizations, such as the Dare to Care Food Bank. Over $235,000 has been donated through this event to date.

Kentucky Oaks

The Longines Kentucky Oaks is an exclusive race for 3-year-old thoroughbred female horses with a $1 million winning purse. This particular race is one of America’s longest held horse races is still takes place in its original location since 1875. There is a fashion contest that takes place at this event where contestants are encouraged to wear anything as long as it’s pink.

Official Derby Events

Four separate galas are held during the week of the Kentucky Derby:

  • The Barnstable Brown Gala: a black-tie event benefiting the Barnstable Brown Diabetes & Obesity Center
  • The Unbridled Eve Gala
  • The Hermitage Grand Gala
  • The Fillies & Lillies Party

 

Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby is a two-minute race that will commence at precisely 6:34 p.m. The doors open at 8 a.m. in anticipation of the big event. A total of 13 races take place throughout the day all leading up to the Kentucky Derby at the end. Placing bets and wagering takes place at 10 a.m., celebrities will be walking the carpet from approximately 12 p.m. Noon to 2 p.m., and the world largest Champagne toast taking place at 5:15 p.m.

 

The terms Churchill Downs ®, Kentucky Derby ® and Run for the Roses ™ are trademarks of Churchill Downs Incorporated. The use of these terms herein is for factual description purposes only. Bucket List Events is in no way associated with or authorized by Churchill Downs Incorporated. Churchill Downs Incorporated has neither licensed nor endorsed Bucket List Events to sell goods and services in conjunction with the Kentucky Derby!