The Secrets of Churchill Downs®

Posted by Matt Cullen on Fri, Dec 16, 2011 @ 16:45 PM


The biggest topic of last year’s Kentucky Derby was not the morning favorite, the betting odds, or the buzz of a potential Triple Crown winner. Rather, many Derby goers were fixed to Doppler radars, weather reports, and the nearest seller of weather proof attire.

Weather ruled the buzz of the 2011 Kentucky Derby and for good reason. The Southeast was hammered leading up to the 2011 Kentucky Derby, which generated skeptics questioning the condition of the track and the likelihood of a timely start. 


  • Nearly half of the 137 Kentucky Derbys have taken place during rain. 
  • The Kentucky Derby has never been canceled due to the weather, but delayed starts are common.
  • Races are only delayed if there is lightning.
  • Races are run in the rain!

What most Derby goers don’t realize is that most of the seating areas at Churchill Downs are uncovered, including a completely uncovered infield. Attendees without covered seating must brace the day’s elements and risk being soaked by unpredictable weather.

With the Kentucky Derby being one of the most fashionable sporting events of the year, why would anyone want to risk the appearance of their Savannah hats and rain in their Mint Juleps?

The Secrets of Churchill Downs®:

To battle the toils of unsavory weather, Churchill Downs built covered hospitality areas in an effort to keep the worries away from the sky and onto the most exciting two minutes in sports! These hospitality venueswere created to offer sanctuary from the harsh elements, a place to reunite with your group and packed with amenities like the luxury of a private dining area with comfortable seating.

There are many different venues strategically placed around the grounds of Churchill Downs that offer simulcast televisions, private betting kiosks and in some cases, even live entertainment and celebrity appearances! So, how do you get access to these amazing venues?

VIP Secrets:

Churchill Downs partnered with QuintEvents to create these hospitality venues and made access to them ONLY available through their Official Packages. So, where do you get these packages?, the Official website for ticket packages that include these amazing hospitality venues, and much more!

Derby Experiences’ ticket packages come direct from Churchill Downs and include tickets to the Kentucky Oaks and/or Kentucky Derby, and other insider extras including access to hospitality venues at Churchill Downs, celebrity meet & greets, transportation, parking, parties, tours, accommodations, VIP gift bags and more!

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So when you’re booking your tickets to the 138th Kentucky Derby or Kentucky Oaks, make sure you’re “covered” and book through Derby Experiences, the Official Experience Package Provider for Churchill Downs®.

To book your Kentucky Derby and/or Kentucky Oaks package, please visit our website at

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