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Check the Kentucky Derby® Off Your Bucket List

Posted by Jaclyn Harris on Mon, Nov 18, 2013 @ 13:50 PM



Your 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.


Fillies & 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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Kristen Doolan

Kristen Doolan was born and raised a Florida State Seminole. Making her way from Florida to North Carolina, Kristen achieved her B.S. in Business Adminstration, Marketing at The University of North Carolina Wilmington. She is an avid traveler, college football addict, beach bum and loves spending time with her family and friends. 

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