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How to Attend the Kentucky Derby® on a Budget

Posted by Jazzy Morgan on Wed, Mar 14, 2018 @ 10:05 AM

Most people think that The Kentucky Derby® must be an elaborately expensive occasion.  After all, it is a high prestige horse race, it's the first leg of the Triple Crown™ series and celebrities flock from all around the country to attend. But what if I told you, you could enjoy Derby weekend in its entirety, meaning the Kentucky Oaks®, luxury hospitality on Oaks day, access to Churchill Downs® for the Kentucky Derby® race, and so much more without breaking the bank?

It All Adds Up!

Food, drinks, tickets, hotel accommodations, etc. the costs all add up over time. Derby weekend can be long and if you plan to attend the Kentucky Oaks® AND the Kentucky Derby® that’s double the costs over two days.

Through Derby Experiences you can package everything together for one price. Choose from a variety of different Official Ticket Packages to find the one that suits your needs.

First, you’ll need to figure out what is most important to you. Do you want to attend the Kentucky Oaks® with access to climate-controlled luxury hospitality, AND general admissions to the Kentucky Derby® on Saturday? Then our Sunny’s Halo or Smarty Jones Ticket packages would be perfect for you!

Sunny’s Halo Official Ticket Package

With the Sunny’s Halo package you can enjoy the Kentucky Oaks® race from 3rd floor grandstand seating along with hospitality access to the Sunny’s Halo Lounge. Included in hospitality is a celebrity jockey meet & greet, complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks and an all-you-can-eat buffet. All available to you on the Friday of Derby weekend. Sunny’s Halo Lounge is the perfect in-track hospitality venue for those looking to not miss a beat of the horse racing action. Located on the rooftop of sections 326-328, it’s merely steps away from your seats for you to enjoy this outside, open seating venue.

Sunny's Halo Lounge at the Kentucky Derby

Smarty Jones Official Ticket Package

With this package you can see the Kentucky Oaks® race up close from your 1st floor grandstand seating and enjoy exclusive access the Smarty Jones Lounge. This exclusive, in-track hospitality venue is an elegant chalet with open seating. Within the climate-controlled venue, you will have access to a cash bar, a lunch buffet, closed-circuit TV coverage to watch the day’s races and self-service wagering stations for private betting. You will also have the opportunity to meet a celebrity jockey(s) and receive an autograph and photo!

Smarty Jones Lounge at the Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby® 2018

In addition to access to these luxury hospitality venues on Kentucky Oaks® race day, a general admissions ticket to the Kentucky Derby® on Saturday is also included with your package. With this Kentucky Derby® general admissions ticket you will have access to Churchill Downs® facilities, the infield, AND the paddock area! Be part of history during “The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports” and immerse yourself in the adrenaline of the Derby crowd. The Kentucky Derby® is without a doubt America’s most iconic horse racing event and is the first leg of the prestigious Triple Crown™ which creates a buzz of excitement among all 170,000 in the crowd.

Attend the Kentucky Oaks® AND Kentucky Derby® 2018

You don’t have to pay an arm and a leg to create memories that are priceless. Through Derby Experiences you can get all of the above for an affordable price! If you’d like more information fill out a form, call us today at 888.384.7088 and an expert event specialist will be sure to find the perfect package for you!

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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 Administration, 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. 

Jazzy Morgan

Jazzy Morgan is originally from London, England and a die-hard Manchester United Fan. She grew up in Connecticut and made the move down south in 2011 where she attended Winthrop University and received her B.S. in Family & Consumer Sciences and a minor in Marketing. Jazzy enjoys traveling, working out, reading her monthly Vogue & Cosmo and keeping up with fashion trends.

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