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You got Class? Attend the Kentucky Derby in the Clubhouse!

 

CHURCHILL DOWNSEveryone knows the Kentucky Derby draws in a crowd of high-class, beautifully dressed horse racing fans. From the jackets and bowties to the dresses and heels, the Derby holds an iconic look and these styles are exactly what you'll be seeing in person on race day. What you might not know, however, is that this "dress code" is only required in particular sections of Churchill Downs, one of which is the Clubhouse.

You see, the Clubhouse is home to the VIPs. While the Grandstand is home to classy race goers in similar dress, the Clubhouse is home to the elites, where dress code is required and your name is known. 

If you're not catching our drift, let us break it down for you: if you consider yourself to be one of the high-status elites entering Churchill Downs on Derby day, you're going to want to make sure you place yourself with Clubhouse seats and exclusive hospitality access within!

And luckily for you, Derby Experiences Official Ticket Packages can help you do just that! Because of our Official Partnership with Churchill Downs, your tickets will come direct from the source with 100 percent security, you'll receive exclusive hospitality access and a plethora of coveted amenities such as open or cash bars, complimentary food buffets, celebrity meet-and-greets, party invites, and much more! 

All that spark your interest? Then take a look at the view, inclusions and hospitality venues paired with Clubhouse packages below! 

Learn more about Official Grandstand Packages>>

Learn more about Official Derby Room Packages>>

The View from the Clubhouse

The Clubhouse offers a wide array of seating options within Churchill Downs. It begins in the centermost part of the track and stretches all the way along the first turn. Seating stretches from right at the rail on the ground level, all the way up to the third floor. Because of the amount of seating availability, there are a variety of vantage points paired with different ticket packages.

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For example, you could select seats right along the rail so close to the track you can hear the horses breathing, the pounding of their hooves and the hollering of the jockeys as they move their horses along the first bend and then back around to pass the finish line. 

And if you're looking for more of a bird's eye view of the straight and first turn, you can select 200 or 300 seating options. Here you'll find yourself with prime views of the straight and first turn, the largest HD video board in the world will literally be right in front of you, and you will be in an excellent position to see the photo finish!

Clubhouse Yellow: Section 111>>

Clubhouse Pink: Sections 113, 114, 115>>

Clubhouse Brown: Sections 117, 118>>

Clubhouse Purple: Sections 218, 220, 312, 313, 314>>

Clubhouse Mint: Sections 320, 321>>

Clubhouse Gold: Sections 315, 316, 317, 319>>

View a video clip of the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby from Section 111>>

No matter which Official Clubhouse Ticket Package you select, you're guaranteed to have the time of your life at the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby this year! There truly is nothing comparable to watching the Kentucky Derby LIVE from inside the Clubhouse!

The Hospitality

Because of the vast area of track that the Clubhouse covers, there are two different hospitality venues paired with Clubhouse seats, decided largely due to location. Take a look at the exclusive hospitality options:

Citation Lounge

CitationCommonly paired with Yellow, Pink, Brown and Purple Clubhouse ticket packages, Citation Lounge is a classic hospitality venue located right behind Section 111, and designed by Derby Experiences. This venue is climate-controlled so regardless of the weather outside, you and your group will be comfortable and have an easy escape from the Kentucky elements.

Once inside Citation Lounge, you'll find complimentary gourmet fare, a cash-basis bar, self-service wagering stations and simulcast TV coverage so even though you're not facing the track, you won't miss a beat of what's taking place.

Additionally, celebrity jockeys will be making appearances throughout Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby days. In 2014, legends Pat Day and Chris McCarron visited Citation Lounge to visit with guests.

Along with access to Citation Lounge, you'll also receive VIP Fast Access Passes for a quicker, more secure entrance to the track through Gate 10, and you can opt in for luxurious accommodations in Louisville and transportation on race days to be included in your package.

How's that for VIP treatment?

Secretariat Lounge

SecretariatLocated in the heart of the Clubhouse, Secretariat Lounge has a lot to offer VIPs. Entering Secretariat Lounge is like entering a new world - a world of elites! You'll enter through a private entrance right off the food court on the second floor, just above Gate 17. 

The luxurious Secretariat Lounge is a climate-controlled oasis within the Cluhouse. you'll find complimentary food buffets, a premium open bar, self-service wagering kiosks, live entertainment (Elise Testone of American Idol performed in 2014), and simulcast TV coverage of the activities down on the track.

Plus, celebrities and celebrity jockeys will be floating about Secretariat Lounge! Last year, model and actress from Django Unchained, Nichole Galicia, and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders made appearances, and so did legendary jockeys, Pat Day and Chris McCarron!

Ground transportation on race days and accommodations in Louisville can also be included to complete this ticket package.

I want to be in the Clubhouse!

All of us here at Derby Experiences fully support this decision! Get more information today on 2015 Kentucky Derby Clubhouse ticket packages! Call 1-888-384-7088 to speak with a representative or visit Derby Experiences website for more information.

We can't wait for you to join us at Churchill Downs!

 

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Wynonna Rocks the Stage at the Kentucky Derby Fillies & Lilies Party

 

On the eve of the Kentucky Derby, the first annual Fillies & Lilies Party, presented by Derby Experiences, was held in the Kentucky Derby Museum! A small, intimate crowd gathered amidst the exhibits and honors that flood the walls of the museum to hear a private performance by Wynonna Judd & The Big Noise!

Directly after the Kentucky Oaks race on Friday, guests attending the Fillies & Lilies Party were invited to exit Churchill Downs through Gate 1 (the main entrance) and to reenter through the Kentucky Derby Museum attached to Churchill Downs.

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Once inside, guests were invited to walk the purple carpet and to take their picture with the Fillies & Lilies step-and-repeat just like the celebrities in attendance. Wynonna even came out to meet a few fans, sign autographs and take pictures directly after sound check before heading to her dressing room to prepare for the performance.

After guests had their pictures taken, they entered the main floor of the Kentucky Derby Museum through the “starting gate” exhibit Churchill had staged for guests to see. Then, the “oooohs” and “ahhhhs” could be heard.

The Fillies & Lilies décor was astounding, receiving the praise from the crowd! Tables filled the main floor and balcony area upstairs covered in purple and white linens. An array of heavy hors d’oeuvres was displayed with the main focal point being the large ice sculpture holding chilled shrimp.

Various open bars filled the space for guests to enjoy, including a bonus bourbon lounge on the second floor of the Museum. Guests were invited to taste a variety of samples while lounging on the comfortable couches and enjoying each others company.

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Celebrities such as Nichole Galicia, model and actress from Django Unchained, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Olivia Rene, Jackie Bob, Lauren Williams and Mia Greenhouse, and Magician Matthew Furman were also in attendance to meet guests and take pictures.

And then it was time…

As the clock ticked closer to 9:30 p.m., guests began to crowd the oval room in the center of the museum to listen to Wynonna’s band play, and suddenly she was there! Wynonna hit the stage opening with “Tell Me Why” and the crowds went wild!

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Because of the size of the oval room including the overhang for the upstairs crowd, the performance was incredibly intimate, allowing Wynonna to converse and share her passion with the fans.

After playing quite a few numbers and hitting everyone’s favorites, Wynonna bid her guests farewell as the first annual Fillies & Lilies was coming to a close.

There was no doubt in anyone’s mind that the Fillies & Lilies Party was a fantastic way to celebrate the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby and Derby Experiences can’t wait to bring the house down again next year!

View the 2014 Kentucky Derby Race Recap>>

See the 2014 Derby Experience LIVE from Churchill Downs>>

How can I attend the 2015 Fillies & Lilies Party?

Fillies and Lilies Derby ExperiencesThe second annual Fillies & Lilies Party is already in the works and is scheduled to be held on May 1 (the eve of the Kentucky Derby) in the Kentucky Derby Museum! The great news? YOU can be there!

Derby Experiences is prepared to once again fill the evening with exciting cuisine, complimentary drinks and live entertainment. It’s an event you don’t want to miss!

Get more information today on how you can attend the 2015 Fillies & Lilies Party with Derby Experiences today!

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The 2014 Kentucky Derby Experience: LIVE from Churchill Downs!

 

untapableThe 2014 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks were events to be remembered! Guests watched LIVE from Churchill as the Kentucky Oaks favorite, Untapable, and the Kentucky Derby favorite, California Chrome, raced to victory at top speeds against challenging competitors.

See the full 2014 Kentucky Derby race recap>>

However, these weren’t the only races throughout the Derby weekend. Churchill Downs hosted 12 races on Oaks day with the 11th race being the Kentucky Oaks, and 13 races on Derby day, with the 11th race being the Kentucky Derby.

It was two full days of racing at the Downs and Derby Experiences’ guests were able to experience the entire two-day event from the best seats in the Grandstand and Clubhouse, with some guests right on the fence!

Not to mention, Derby Experiences boasts six deluxe hospitality areas where guests can unwind out of the crowded stands and enjoy open or cash bars, complimentary food buffets, celebrity meet and greets and much more!

And with Official Ticket Packages, guests’ accommodations in Louisville and transportation to and from Churchill Downs were included, so they were truly able to relax and enjoy the Kentucky Derby because everything was included.

Check out the 2014 Derby Experience through the eyes of our guests!

The Hospitality

Inside Sunny’s Halo Lounge

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Located to the left of Gate 1, Churchill Downs' main entrance, lives Sunny’s Halo Lounge hospitality venue. It’s tucked away on the second floor past the brand new wagering stations and parallel to the newly build cafeteria. With high security keeping the space exclusive to Derby Experiences’ VIPs, guests were able to lounge at this rooftop party deck with impeccable views of the starting gate, final turn, and finish line.

Guests were able to help themselves to an open bar filled with beer, wine and soft drinks, and a complimentary lunch buffet. And celebrities such as Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Olivia Rene, Jackie Bob, Lauren Williams and Mia Greenhouse, and Kentucky Derby Champions, Pat Day and Chris McCarron floated around throughout the race weekend to meet and greet with fans!

Not to mention, the flow of Sunny’s Halo Lounge was incredibly accommodating with the stadium-style seating located right below the drink bar that lined the track. Sunny’s Halo Lounge was an incredible way to experience the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby!

Inside Affirmed Lounge

Located inside the Kentucky Derby Museum at Gate 1, the Affirmed Lounge hospitality area offered guests a climate-controlled escape from the Grandstand and the chilly weather on Oaks day and the heat on Derby day.

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Guests were able to enjoy live performances by American Idol’s Elise Testone and Louisville’s local band Blaise Street. Not to mention, because the Affirmed Lounge was inside the Kentucky Derby Museum, guests were able to view all of the exhibits throughout the day, allowing the magnitude of the Kentucky Derby to really sink in.

Plus, since 2009 Kentucky Derby Champion Mine That Bird was being paddocked in the Kentucky Derby Museum, guests were given the fantastic opportunity to see the racing legend up close. Not to mention, Kentucky Derby Champions Pat Day and Chris McCarron made appearances, along with celebrity Magician Matthew Furman!

Inside Secretariat Lounge

Located inside the Clubhouse above Gate 17, the Secretariat Lounge is the largest hospitality area. Climate-controlled and filled with delicious food, open bars and comfortable seating, guests were able to get away from the crowded stands and hallways of the Clubhouse and relax with their groups.

Actress from Django Unchained, Nichole Galicia, could be found hanging out in Secretariat Lounge and Elise Testone and Blaise Street performed live on their respective days. Additionally, Pat Day and Chris McCarron made appearances to meet fans.

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Since the track wasn’t in direct view, guests had access to simulcast TV coverage of the races and private wagering stations.

Inside Citation Hospitality Lounge

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Citation Lounge could be found outside Gate 10 (where our transportation dropped off and picked up guests) and was accessible from inside Churchill or the parking lot, so guests were given the option of entering the track through the main entrance or hospitality.

Inside this climate-controlled venue, guests were able to enjoy complimentary gourmet fare, a cash bar and private wagering stations. Kentucky Derby Champion Pat Day also made an appearance to meet fans!

Citation Lounge also boasts seats in some of the best sections of the Clubhouse such as Section 111. It’s a prime spot to see the horses round the first bend, coming at you in full force! You can hear their steady breathing, see the dirt flying up from under their hooves and hear the jockeys giving their calls. There really is no closer seating!

Inside Street Sense Hospitality

Street Sense offered great accommodations for large group with long table seating. With delicious cuisine, cash bars and self-service wagering stations, guests were free to come as they please and avoid the long lines in the cafeteria.

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Street Sense is a great escape from the Clubhouse, located right behind Section 121, and guests were even able to meet Kentucky Derby legends Pat Day and Chris McCarron!

Inside Smarty Jones Lounge

Adjacent to the Kentucky Derby Museum and Affirmed Lounge just inside Gate 1, Smarty Jones offers a prime location for guests to escape the Grandstand. You’re right next to a large wagering station and souvenir stands, and Smarty Jones boasts its own one-time lunch buffet, cash bar and wagering stations.

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Guests were also able to meet Magician Matthew Furman and Kentucky Derby Legends Pat Day and Chris McCarron!

See More Pictures from the 2014 Kentucky Derby Weekend>>

The Parties

In addition, guests were able to opt in for VIP access at some of the Kentucky Derby’s most exclusive parties such as the Taste of Derby™ and the first annual Fillies & Lilies Party presented by Derby Experiences!

Check out these Kentucky Derby parties through Derby Experiences’ guests eyes!

taste of derbyInside the Taste of Derby™ Party

Held on the eve of the Kentucky Oaks, guests were able to taste delectable dishes made by national reknown chefs! With so many Kentucky native dishes being created with new twists, and popular dishes from all over the nation being served, everyone’s pallets were offered new and delicious tastes!

Celebrities walked the carpet, cooking competitions were held and guests were supplied plenty of commemorative souvenirs to remember the event. Not to mention, partial proceeds went to benefit hunger relief organizations!

Inside the Fillies & Lilies Party

Held on the eve of the Kentucky Derby, the Fillies & Lilies Party was everything it was made out to be! Guests were able to mingle with celebrities such as the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Matthew Furman and Nichole Galicia, and Wynonna Judd put on an incredible performance!

Because the attendance number was limited, the performance was intimate making it much more meaningful to guests. Derby Experiences’ guests were also invited to enjoy complimentary heavy hors d’oeavres, open wine, beer and soft drinks, and bourbon tastings in the bourbon lounge.

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Not to mention, the Fillies & Lilies Party was held in the Kentucky Derby Museum and it was so surreal to be dancing and enjoying the evening amidst the exhibits that honor America’s greatest past time.

This is one Kentucky Derby Party you want to have on your bucket list for next year!

Secure My Place in 2015!

If you haven’t gotten there on your own yet, the 2015 Kentucky Derby will be THE event to be at! Derby Experiences already has 2015 Official Kentucky Derby Ticket Packages and party packages on sale with similar line-ups to this year!

Don’t miss your chance to have the hair on your arms stand up as the horses thunder pass you on the track competing in the first leg of the Triple Crown series! There is nothing like the Kentucky Derby! Call 1-888-384-7088 to speak to a representative or visit Derby Experiences website for more information.

Booking early is key as it will provide more availability and options to you. It’s time to start your Kentucky Derby experience; let Derby Experiences take you there!

 

Take Me to the 2015 Kentucky Derby

How to Get Tickets to 2014 Kentucky Derby Parties

 

Derby Experiences About The Kentucky Derby The Kentucky Derby Finish LineEveryone knows that half of the fun of attending the Kentucky Derby is getting access to all the exclusive Kentucky Derby parties! After all, when you’re going to an event that is flooded with celebrities, why would you not celebrate like them, with them!

Yes, getting an invite to these elaborate Official Kentucky Derby parties is clutch and not many get the opportunity. Luckily for you, I’m here to tell you that YOU can be on the VIP invite list! How do you score a ticket? Keep reading!

For starters, there are two big parties that you will want to be at. These two parties are where all the A-list Hollywood stars, professional athletes, models and rock stars will be. They are the Taste of Derby™ Party and the Fillies & Lilies Party, presented by Derby Experiences.

Take a look at these parties and figure out which one is the perfect fit for you and your group (OR just be at both!).

The Fillies & Lilies Party, Presented by Derby Experiences

Fillies and Lilies Logo FinalFeaturing live music performed by five-time Grammy Award winner, Wynonna Judd, the Fillies & Lilies Party will be popping! On Friday, May 2, the eve of the Derby and directly following the Kentucky Oaks, you’ll make your way right outside the gates of Churchill Downs to the Kentucky Derby Museum.

You’ll dance the night away to Wynonna & The Big Noise amidst the allure of the Derby exhibits that celebrate America’s oldest sporting event! As you mingle with the celebrities in attendance, enjoy complimentary heavy hors d’oeuvres, a premium open bar, a bourbon lounge, and more!

Magician to the stars, Matthew Furman, will also be in attendance to surprise and thrill you will his latest assortment of tricks and mind illusions.

A few of the confirmed celebrities in attendance at the first annual Fillies & Lilies Party are:

• Wynonna Judd
• Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Oliva Rene, Jackie Bob, Lauren Williams and Mia Greenhouse
• Model and Actress from Django: Unchained, Nichole Galicia

Don’t miss your chance to bring in the 2014 Kentucky Derby right! Celebrate the night before at Derby Experiences’ Fillies & Lilies Party!

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The Taste of Derby™ Party

Derby Experiences Kentucky Derby Parties Taste of Derby Food TastingOn Thursday, May 1, the eve of the Kentucky Oaks, make your way to the Kentucky Exposition Center for the 5th annual Taste of Derby party!

You’ll be invited to sample dishes from popular horse racing destinations across the country prepared by Masterful Chefs, all the while mingling with celebrities and enjoying the open bar. From the delectable cuisine to the live music, and red carpet, the Taste of Derby™ is a celebration to remember!

Not to mention, partial proceeds of the Taste of Derby™ go towards benefiting hunger relief organizations. So while you’re dancing the night away and enjoying all the 2014 Kentucky Derby has to offer, you’ll also be making a difference in the lives of others.

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It’s Time to Select the Kentucky Derby Party Perfect for Your Group

Still not certain which Official 2014 Kentucky Derby party is perfect for you and your group? Not surprising. After all, with all the access, inclusions and benefits of each, it can be hard to choose!

Derby Experiences is here to help you select the perfect Kentucky Derby party to complete your trip to Louisville. For more information to help you decide, visit our website or call 1-88-384-7088 to speak to a representative. We're here to help you get there!

 

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Churchill Downs' New Grandstand will be Complete by 2014 Kentucky Derby

 

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We’re ready for the 2014 Kentucky Derby® and so is Churchill Downs®! The track has been in the process of building the world’s largest video board, a brand new grandstand to accommodate seating for even more guests, and a new hospitality venue, aptly called “Sunny’s Halo Lounge,” a Rooftop Party Deck. Despite questions about completion, we’re here to assure you it will all be ready for the Derby weekend!

The rainy weather did not fair well for the start of the construction causing several pauses in the process, but with the weather back on track in Louisville, construction kicked into high gear with 24-hour around-the-clock progress.

The New Grandstand is Almost Ready! Take a Look!

The new elevated views of the starting line and final stretch and the visibility of the new and largest video board in the world make this new grandstand primed for an amazing Derby Experience.

The new grandstand was designed for a more intimate and less obstructed viewing experience boasting a reduced five row stadium style tiered seating structure and a new adjacent Hospitality venue that will allow Derby-goers a place to view live racing action while enjoying all the perks of the Rooftop Party Deck, Sunny’s Halo Lounge – a first for Churchill Downs.

So get ready to get social with access to this exclusive grandstand and Lounge. Indulge in your complimentary lunch buffet, beer, wine and soft drinks, and bask in celebrity appearances, and amazing views while hearing the thundering hooves, and cheering on these equine athletes!

Secure My Seat in the New Grandstand & Sunny’s Halo Lounge for the Kentucky Derby!

There’s no denying the new grandstand is where you want to be for the 140th running! If you’re not sold on the views alone (let’s face it, the start and finish point are the most important anyways), then take a look at all the VIP access and exclusive inclusions you receive with the three Official Ticket Packages, only available through the Derby Experiences program, that can get you in this new area.

Looking to do the Derby on a Budget? Ticket Package #1: Grandstand – Aqua 

Grandstand – Aqua is the most basic ticket package with prime seating in the new grandstand at an amazing value – starting at just $299. You’ll receive exclusive access to the Sunny’s Halo Lounge as well, where you’ll be able to enjoy a lunch buffet and complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks. Other Rooftop Party perks include a meet & greet with a celebrity jockey (Pat Day and Chris McCarron will be hosted over the weekend) along with appearances by Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Jackie Bob, Mia Greenhouse, Lauren Williams, and Mackenzie Weeks, and model and actress from Django Unchained, Nichole Galicia is also set to hit the party deck!

All Official Ticket Packages to the Derby also receive a VIP Fast Access Pass for a faster and more secure entrance to Churchill Downs, and you can opt in for luxurious accommodations in Louisville and transportation to and from the track each day. With a trip that’s completely planned, you’ll be able to sit back and really enjoy the Kentucky Derby! Choose to attend the Kentucky Oaks or Kentucky Derby or both days of amazing racing action.

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More Info on Grandstand - Aqua

 

Grandstand Blue Party and Grandstand Blue Taste of Derby™ Party Official Ticket Packages

describe the imageWith the Kentucky Derby comes some elite parties, and if you’re looking for the true Kentucky Derby experience, you’re going to want to attend!

Both packages include the same access and amenities as the budget friendly Aqua ticket packages, but these packages kick the Derby Party experience into high gear. With Grandstand Blue Party ticket packages, you’ll also be invited to the Fillies & Lilies Party, presented by Derby Experiences, on Friday night, the eve of the Derby.

The Fillies & Lilies Party is set to take place directly following the Kentucky Oaks in the Kentucky Derby Museum, a first for Derby fans where party access is on the grounds of Churchill Downs. The party includes an exclusive and intimate concert by five-time Grammy award winner Wynonna Judd, a premium open bar, bourbon lounge, complimentary heavy hors d’oeuvres and performances by mentalist and magician to the stars, Matthew Furman. Celebrities are already pouring in for this inaugural event so get ready to dance the night away with Wynonna & The Big Noise in style.

More Info on Grandstand Blue Party

 

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With the Grandstand Blue Taste of Derby™ ticket packages, you’ll once again, have the same access as the Aqua ticket packages, but you’ll also receive a ticket to the 5th annual Taste of Derby™ Party on Thursday evening, primed to kick off the Derby weekend.

At the Taste of Derby™, you’ll be able to sample delectable cuisine prepared by Masterful Chefs from popular horse racing destinations across the country! While tasting the cuisine, you’ll be able to mingle with Hollywood and horse racing celebrities alike, and enjoy live entertainment. Another plus? Partial proceeds of the Taste of Derby™ go towards hunger relief organizations.

 

More Info on Grandstand Blue Taste of Derby™

2014 Kentucky Derby Entertainment Line-Up

 

Derby Experiences Kentucky Derby Grandstand vantage pointOne of the best things about big sporting events like the Kentucky Derby® is that entertainers flock to perform! After all, which star or starlet wouldn’t want to talk about performing at one of the biggest horse races of the year on the next talk show they appear on? Attending the Kentucky Derby might be on your bucket list, but for Hollywood, performing at the Derby is on theirs!

The Derby is a high class event – there is security and VIP signs surrounding the celebrities everywhere at the track! So how are you supposed to meet the stars and see the exclusive live performances? Well, you have to know the right people.

Hello, we’re Derby Experiences… your people. And we’re here to let you in on the biggest 2014 Kentucky Derby secret – the entertainment line-up! Take a look at when and where the best live shows will be taking place!

Elise Testone from American Idol® performing live in the Affirmed Lounge

The Affirmed Lounge is just one of several exclusive hospitality areas open through Derby Experiences. And yes, attend the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby with access to the Affirmed Lounge and you’ll be up front and center for a live performance by American Idol’s Elise Testone!

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How do you get access? With Derby Experiences Official Ticket Packages you can get VIP access into the Affirmed Lounge in-track hospitality area! Located between the Kentucky Derby Museum’s Derby Café and Oaks Garden Tent at Gate 1, you’re in a prime location to enjoy all the pre-race festivities with optimal seating in the stands when the horses head to the track.

The Affirmed Lounge is climate controlled allowing you to relax out of the Kentucky elements, and you’ll find a complimentary gourmet lunch and unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks throughout the day! Not to mention, there are private wagering stations and celebrity jockeys who will be making appearances throughout the day!

With all the coveted amenities and VIP access you’ll receive with an Official Ticket Package to the Affirmed Lounge, seeing Elise Testone perform live is the icing on the cake!

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Wynonna Judd and The Big Noise performing at the Fillies & Lilies Party

describe the imageKentucky’s own five-time Grammy winner Wynonna Judd and her band The Big Noise will be performing live in the Kentucky Derby Museum after the 140th running of the Kentucky Oaks! Just let that soak in.

Now, pay close attention because there are two different ways that you can get access to Derby Experiences first annual Fillies & Lilies Party.

No. 1 – Get an Official Ticket Package that includes the invite to the Party

Similar to gaining access to Elise Testone’s performance, you can get access to see Wynonna hit the stage with an Official Party Package! This ticket package will grant you access to the Sunny’s Halo Lounge on both Oaks and Derby race days and will be your invitation in to the Fillies & Lilies Party.

The Sunny’s Halo Lounge is the brand new hospitality area that is paired with seating in the new grandstand. Here you’ll find an elevated view of the starting line and final stretch with great visibility of the happenings on the track. Not to mention, you’ll have an unparalleled view of the “big board,” the largest video board in the world! How’s that for not missing a second of the action on the track?

Inside the Sunny’s Halo Lounge you’ll also have the opportunity to meet celebrities and jockeys while enjoying a lunch buffet and complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks.

See Wynonna with the Fillies & Lilies Party Package!

No. 2 – Get an invitation to the Fillies & Lilies Party

Already have tickets to the race or live in the area and want to attend the party? Then you’re looking for an a la carte invite to the Fillies & Lilies Party, which Derby Experiences has on deck for you!

More Details on the Fillies & Lilies Party featuring Wynonna and The Big Noise

If you’re on the fence about attending with either of the options above, prepare to be swayed as you find out why the Fillies & Lilies Party is the place to be!

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With an invitation to the first annual Fillies & Lilies Party brought to you by Derby Experiences, you’ll dance the night away while Wynonna rocks the house! The party is immediately following the Kentucky Oaks, hosted in the Kentucky Derby Museum, so it’s right on site. You’ll get to mingle with some of Hollywood’s finest in an intimate setting amidst the allure of the Derby exhibits.

Plus, prepare to enjoy and open bar, complimentary heavy hors ‘doeuvres and a bourbon lounge!

Seeking even more entertainment? Magician Matthew Furman will also be in attendance to blow your mind with his incredible illusions and magic tricks! The Fillies & Lilies Party is not a night you’ll soon forget!

 

Go to the Fillies & Lilies Party!

 

It’s Kentucky Derby Time!

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to get your exclusive access to see these live performances! And if you need a tiny bit more coaxing, take a look at the celebrities you could meet at the Derby this year!

 

Meet A-List Celebrities at the Derby

3 Ways to Meet Celebrities at the 2014 Kentucky Derby

 

After the Kentucky Derby, tabloid magazines and social media platforms are flooded with images of all the Hollywood stars that visited Churchill Downs. Headlines of celebrities walking the carpet and attending parties and functions are all we see. Through these images we get to see what it would be like to attend one of the biggest sporting events of the year as a VIP, while remaining unable to fathom celebrity status.

Well, this year, you’re going to meet celebrities at the 140th Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby! How? You’ll be at the right place at the right time with your own VIP status to grant you access!

So, take a look at these three ways to meet celebrities at the 2014 Kentucky Derby!

1. Spend Oaks and Derby Days in the Sunny’s Halo Lounge Rooftop Party Deck

Imagine this. You’re preparing to watch the 2014 Kentucky Derby with an elevated view of the starting line and final stretch from the brand new grandstand. You’ve just enjoyed the complimentary gourmet fare and premium open bar inside the Sunny’s Halo Lounge Rooftop Party Deck, all the while mingling with model and actress Nichole Galicia (starred in Django Unchained), Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Mackenzie Weeks, Jackie Bob, Lauren Williams and Mia Greenhouse, and our celebrity jockey!

Derby Experiences Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders

Sounds like a picture perfect Kentucky Derby Day, right? Well, with Derby Experiences Official Grandstand Blue Party Packages that’s exactly what your experience will be like!

Because Official Ticket Packages are direct from Churchill Downs, you’ll also receive all of the exclusive amenities that come from booking with an official partner, such as tickets to both Oaks and Derby race days, access to the Sunny’s Halo Lounge on both days, and optional accommodations and transportation!

Not to mention, with this ticket package, you’ll also receive an invitation to the first annual Fillies & Lilies Party! 

Meet Celebrities in Sunny\u0026#39\u003Bs Halo Lounge!  

2. Get Access to the Fillies & Lilies Party

Derby Experiences Fillies and Lilies Party Wynonna JuddLike previously mentioned, you can get access to Derby Experiences Fillies & Lilies Party with an Official Grandstand Blue Party Package, or if you already have ticket packages to the Oaks and Derby, you can get access a la carte!

So what celeb sightings are expected at the Fillies & Lilies Party? Well, let’s start with the featured entertainment. Wynonna Judd and The Big Noise will be performing LIVE! You don’t want to miss the chance to hear this five-time Grammy winner perform in her home state and the “Run for the Roses!”

Throughout the party, you’ll enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, a bourbon lounge and an open bar while you dance the night away! Magician Matthew Furman will also be in attendance to shock you with his mind illusions and tricks.

What other celebrities will be at the party? Nichole Galicia and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders! It’s not everyday that you can say you attended one of the biggest parties of the year with the stars! 

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3. Experience the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby in the Affirmed Lounge

QuintEvents Derby Experiences Kentucky Derby 2014 Elise Testone Performing in Secretariat and Affirmed Lounge Elise Testone BandThe Rooftop Party Lounge not your forte? Don’t worry, that’s not the only place there are guaranteed Hollywood stars at the Kentucky Derby!

You can attend with the Derby with Grandstand Orange Official Ticket Packages with access inside the Affirmed Lounge! Here, you’ll have the opportunity to meet a celebrity jockey and listen to American Idol® winner, Elise Testone, perform live!

Think about it! You’ll enjoy great views of the track from your seat in the stands, and you’ll prepare for the running of the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby by enjoying complimentary beer and wine, an all-you-can-eat buffet lunch and live wagering tellers! All the while enjoying Testone’s performance! 

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Orange Grandstand Taste of Derby Package

Derby Experiences Kentucky Derby Parties Taste of Derby ConfectionsWant Affirmed Lounge access and want to meet even more celebrities? You can select the Orange Grandstand Package to include the Taste of Derby party on Thursday! You’ll spend the evening tasting delectable dishes from popular horse racing destinations across the country created by Masterful Chefs!

Plus, the entire time you’ll be mingling with Hollywood stars and horse racing celebrities! Think it can’t get any better? Think twice!

Partial proceeds from the Taste of Derby go to benefit hunger relief organizations, so you’ll be benefiting a great cause! 

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Make Me a VIP at the 2014 Kentucky Derby!

We thought you’d never ask! If you’re going to check the Kentucky Derby off your bucket list, it’s best to “go big or go home!” Plus, once you attend the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby with the celebrities, as a celebrity, you’ll never want to be an ordinary fan in the stands!

May 2 will be here before you know it, so visit our website or call 1-888-384-7088 to start your VIP Kentucky Derby experience today!

Give the Gift of a Kentucky Derby Experience this Valentine's Day

 

Derby Experiences About The Kentucky Derby The Kentucky Derby Finish LineValentine’s Day is almost here and it’s time to find that perfect gift to show just how much you care. Sure, you could go with roses or chocolates, but why spend money on flowers that only last a week when you could give the gift that keeps on giving? The gift of an experience!

I know what you’re thinking, “Now, where am I going to find some extraordinary experience to surprise my Valentine?!” Luckily, you won’t have to search past this page.

Give your Valentine the gift of a 2014 Kentucky Derby experience!

Check out these three reasons why an Official Ticket Package to attend the 140th Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby is the perfect Valentine’s Day gift:

1. Bragging Rights

Giving the gift of a 2014 Kentucky Derby experience not only guarantees bragging rights for you as the gift giver, but also to your Valentine, the gift receiver! Picture this, you’re hanging out with your friends, family or colleagues as they are all discussing what they gave their significant other for Valentine’s Day, or what they received. Flowers, chocolates, dinner and a movie… it’s the same every year!

Then, the question turns to you. And you wow them with your incredibly creative and thoughtful gift! The best part? You’ll be bragging and the 140th Kentucky Derby isn’t until May! Think of all the bragging you could do after you actually attend the first race in the Triple Crown!

2. VIP Treatment

The purpose of Valentine’s Day is to show how much you care, and treat your Valentine extra special. Not only will you be able to give that on Feb. 14, but you also get to enjoy that special treatment together on May 2-3 for the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby!

With Official Ticket Packages, you’ll have access to VIP hospitality areas with complimentary gourmet food and premium open bars, exclusive amenities like VIP Fast Access passes, and depending on your package, access to areas that only celebrities and VIP’s can go!

Official Kentucky Derby Ticket Packages are the real deal making it the best Valentine’s Day gift to give or receive!

3. Fillies & Lilies Party featuring Wynonna Judd

Fillies and Lilies Logo FinalThe icing on the cake of making this the best Valentine’s Day you’ve ever had? Access to Derby Experiences first annual Fillies & Lilies Party featuring music and entertainment by Wynonna Judd and The Big Noise!

Held inside the Kentucky Derby Museum after the Kentucky Oaks, guests will enjoy live music and entertainment amongst famous exhibits honoring America’s oldest sport! Magician Matthew Furman will also be in attendance to amaze with his latest magic tricks and mind illusions.

You and your Valentine can dance the night away and enjoy a bourbon lounge, complimentary heavy hors d’oeuvres and a premium open bar!

Model and actress from “Django Unchained,” Nichole Galicia will also be in attendance!


So what are you waiting for?! Give your Valentine the gift they will never forget; the gift of a 2014 Kentucky Derby Experience! Get more information on how you can make this Valentine’s Day the best one yet!

 

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Meet Nichole Galicia at the Kentucky Derby Fillies & Lilies Party

 

If you haven’t already been sold on the idea of going to Churchill Downs for the 140th Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby, this is going to be your breaking point.

Derby Experiences Nichole Galicia 1You can meet model and actress Nichole Galicia!

Galicia is most recognized for the film, acclaimed director, Quentin Tarantino hand-picked her for: Django Unchained. Starring with Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio, Galicia plays DiCaprio’s love interest, “Sheba.”

She is also well-known in the fashion industry with ad campaigns for The Gap, Pepsi, Neutrogena and Hanes, and she has been commonly seen in fashion magazines such as GQ, Vogue and Elle.

Now that you’re pumped about meeting Galicia, there are three questions you should be asking. And luckily, we have your answers!

1. How can I meet Nichole Galicia?

You can meet her at Derby Experiences’ first annual Fillies & Lilies Party!

The Fillies & Lilies Party will be held on the grounds of Churchill Downs in the Kentucky Derby Museum the eve of the 2014 Kentucky Derby. With live entertainment provided by five-time Grammy winner Wynonna Judd, this is sure to be a night to remember!

Along with Nichole Galicia, magician Matthew Furman will also be in attendance, prepared to stun guests with his thrilling illusions.

Fillies & Lilies Party

There will be a premium open bar, a bourbon lounge, heavy hors d’oeuvres, dancing and much more!

You don’t want to miss the opportunity to celebrate the Kentucky Derby amidst the allure of the Derby exhibits and tradition of America’s oldest sporting event!

2. How can I get to the Kentucky Derby?

Thoroughbreds Kentucky Derby Derby ExperiencesWell, we’re glad you asked! Because Derby Experiences is Official Partners with Churchill Downs, our Official Ticket Packages come direct from the source and are valid for the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby!

With exclusive in-track hospitality areas that allow you to escape from the craziness of the stands, great seats with many different vantage points and VIP amenities, you can’t get Kentucky Derby access like this anywhere else!

Inside the deluxe hospitality venue, you’ll find complimentary gourmet food, open or cash bars, private wagering stations and simulcast TV coverage of the track so you don’t miss a beat while you’re out of your seat. There will also be a meet and greet with a professional jockey.

With so many Official Kentucky Derby Ticket Packages to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect match for you and your group!

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3. Is there a ticket package that includes the Fillies & Lilies Party?

Of course there is! With Fillies & Lilies Party Packages you’ll have the access of a Blue Grandstand ticket package, plus you’ll receive an invitation to the Fillies & Lilies Party where you can meet Nichole Galicia.

This ticket package gives you access to the brand new Sunny’s Halo Lounge rooftop party deck hospitality venue. It has a spectacular elevated view of the starting line and final stretch, and offers complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks and a lunch buffet.

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Already have a ticket package or want to go with a different seating/hospitality location? Not a problem! The Fillies & Lilies Party is available as a concierge extra so it can be added to any Official Ticket Package.


So, have we convinced you yet? The 2014 Kentucky Derby is going to be an event to remember, and Derby Experiences first annual Fillies & Lilies Party is the icing on the cake! Don’t wait! Call 1-888-384-7088 or visit our website for more information today!

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Check the Kentucky Derby® Off Your Bucket List

 


describe the imageYour bucket list. That pesky little list of items that you have hidden in your wallet, hung on a wall or buried in your desk drawer. The list of things you want to see or accomplish in your lifetime. Your dreams that you want to see come true.

Among the average person’s bucket lists lie many sporting events. Sporting events where the best of the best compete and draw in large crowds of people. Bucket list sporting events.

It’s a known fact that the Kentucky Derby® is one of these sporting events, and that it rests within many people’s bucket lists. However, the numbers decrease astronomically when you look at how many people have actually been able to check the Derby off their bucket list.

So today, with the help of Derby Experiences Official Ticket Packages, you’re going to take great strides in checking the Kentucky Derby® off your bucket list!

Step No. 1: Select Your Official Kentucky Derby® Ticket Package

Because of Derby Experiences’ Official Partnership with Churchill Downs®, you have 15 direct from the source ticket packages to choose from. With prices varied to accommodate different price ranges, these packages have a lot to offer.

What is the dividing line that separates a “ticket” from a “ticket package?” A ticket only grants you access to the Kentucky Derby® – no inclusions, no extras, no VIP status. A ticket package supplies you with not only a ticket to the Kentucky Oaks® (Fillies race) and the Kentucky Derby®, but you’ll have access to exclusive hospitality areas, unbelievable inclusions and tons of extras, creating the ultimate Kentucky Derby® experience!

Take a look at some of the inclusions and extras you’ll receive with Kentucky Derby® Official Ticket Packages:

• Seating with great views of the track
• Access to full service in-track hospitality
• Gourmet food buffets
• Complimentary soft beverages
• Premium cash or open bars
• Simulcast TV coverage of the pre and post race track activities
• Private wagering stations
• VIP Fast Access Pass
• On-site trip directors
• Official Kentucky Derby® gift bag

After all, if you’re going to check an event off your bucket list, why would you not want to get the ultimate experience!? As some would say, "Go big or go home!"

Step No. 2: Select Your Official Kentucky Derby® Party

The Kentucky Derby® is known for throwing elaborate parties that horse racing celebrities, Hollywood stars and professional athletes all attend. What many people don’t know is you can become a VIP and attend these parties too!

Some of Derby Experiences’ ticket packages are party packages that include access to certain official parties. However, any Derby party can be added on to any ticket package!

Check out the Official Kentucky Derby® Party list:

Taste of Derby™ - Thursday, May 1

Taste Masterful Chefs’ delectable dishes from popular horse racing destinations across the country while mingling with celebrities! Partial proceeds go to benefit hunger relief organizations.

describe the imageFillies & Lilies Party – Friday, May 2

Join Derby Experiences and five-time Grammy winner, Wynnona Judd and The Big Noise, in the Kentucky Derby Museum for an evening of live music, a premium open bar, a bourbon lounge, heavy hors d’oeuvres, dancing and Hollywood stars!

The Julep – Friday, May 2

Dress in black-tie as you walk the red carpet with celebrities to raise money for the James Graham Brown Cancer Center. Enjoy a cocktail reception, a gourmet dinner, deluxe specialty bars and dancing while you take part in the live and silent auction.

The Barnstable Brown Gala – Friday, May 2

Patricia Barnstable Brown and Priscilla Brown invite you to attend their black-tie gala, with their mother, Wilma Barnstable and Patricia’s son, Chris Brown, to raise money for diabetes research. In attendance will be some of the brightest stars from the Hollywood realm.

Winner’s Party – Saturday, May 3

Gather in the Kentucky Derby Museum directly after the race to celebrate the winning owner, trainer, jockey and horse of the Kentucky Derby®! Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be provided and an evening of dancing will follow the awards.

Are you ready to celebrate the greatest day in horse racing?!

Step No. 3: Book your stay

The last step is to book your stay… or don’t! With Derby Experiences Official Ticket Packages you can opt to include luxurious accommodations in Louisville in your ticket package. This eliminates having to seek out lodging for your stay.

Plus, you can also choose to receive transportation to and from Churchill Downs® on race days, eliminating the hassle of traffic and parking.


The time is now! Check the 2014 Kentucky Derby® off your bucket list and get one step closer to completing your bucket list!

Check the Kentucky Derby® Off Your Bucket List
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