Why Kentucky Derby Hospitality Is The Secret Ingredient

Posted by Jaclyn Harris on Tue, Aug 6, 2013 @ 17:12 PM


    So you want to go to the 140th Kentucky Derby. Let me guess. You are having issues figuring out what ticket or ticket package to buy? That’s probably why you are reading this article, right? 

     Well, you could keep digging through websites searching for answers. Or you could simply read this blog as I am about to uncover the “secret ingredient” to ensure you have the best Kentucky Derby experience

     You want to know what this secret ingredient is? Hospitality ticket packages!


      One of the great things about hospitality party venues at the Derby is that you get exclusive in-track hospitality. This is great for many reasons.

     For starters, these hospitality areas offer you an oasis from the chaos that can be Churchill Downs. The Derby is a huge event and people travel from all over to come participate in the excitement, gambling and parties. These hospitality areas offer you a space to unwind with your group, out of the natural elements and crowds.

     Not to mention, the hospitality venues feature premium bars, televisions to catch the pre-race action, a gourmet bar filled with delicious food, self-wagering stations, and private restrooms. They even have live entertainment and professional jockey meet-and-greets!  That sounds great, doesn’t it? Well, hold on because it gets even better!


     Everyone likes to be able to have their hand in decisions, especially when it is for a big trip that you are likely checking off your bucket list. Well, hospitality venues come paired with multiple different seating locations in Churchill Downs, allowing you to find something in your budget at the part of the track you want to be in.

     For example, Derby Experiences has six different hospitality venues for the race: Secretariat Lounge, Affirmed Lounge, Citation Hospitality Lounge, Street Sense Lounge, Smarty Jones Lounge, and the newest addition, Sunny’s Halo Lounge.

     Each lounge mentioned above comes with hospitality in different locations around the track and are priced accordingly. Secretariat Lounge, for example, is located on the second floor of the Clubhouse area, and Sunny’s Halo Lounge is the brand new outdoor, rooftop party deck behind sections 326-328. Both of the lounges offer very different views of the race, but provide you with the same great service and experience.


     Are you ready to know the best secret ingredient to hospitality venues? You can have VIP access! Since these hospitality areas come bundled in ticket packages, you have the opportunity to get a package that brings you into the realm of Hollywood as you can experience the Derby celebrity style. 

     Derby experiences offers packages that include things like Taste of Derby™ and Winner’s Party. 

     Taste of Derby™ is a red carpet event where world renowned chefs prepare their signature dishes for guests. Partial proceeds go towards hunger relief organizations and the event is flooded with Hollywood and horseracing celebrities. Not to mention, there is live entertainment and an open bar. 

     The Winner’s Party takes place directly after the Kentucky Derby in the Museum and is a celebration of the new Kentucky Derby Champion’s owner, trainer and jockey. In attendance will be the Governor of Kentucky, community leaders, horseman, media, and celebrities (and possibly you) enjoying hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and an evening of dancing. Talk about a once in a lifetime opportunity!


     So now that you know hospitality venues are the secret ingredient for attending the 140th Kentucky Derby, what are you waiting for?! It’s time for you to check out Derby Experiences Official Ticket Packages to find the best fit for you and your group!


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