The Kentucky Derby® is undoubtedly the biggest and most iconic horse racing event of the calendar year, and you have the chance to be a part of this year's "Run for the Roses."
The race boasts an over-140 year history, originating at Churchill Downs® in 1875 when Aristides became the inaugural horse to claim victory and the first to don the garland of roses that are draped over the winner.
Akin to the horses that actually compete in the race, the Kentucky Derby® is consistent in pace with no signs of slowing down. The competition has taken place every year since its inception, even remaining a mainstay during both World Wars. Needless to say, there's no stopping the momentum that this race has garnered.
And every year the event builds. First held in front of an estimated 10,000 onlookers, Churchill Downs® has expanded and can now easily fit the 165,000 that make the trek to Louisville, Kentucky every year.
The Kentucky Derby® is the first leg of the rarest feat in all of thoroughbred racing, the Triple Crown™. The trio of races also includes the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes, but the Kentucky Derby® takes its spot as the crown jewel. While only 13 horses have ever completed the treble, it has become somewhat of a recent trend. American Pharaoh broke the 37-year long Triple Crown™ drought in 2015 and Justify just reigned victorious in the trio of races in 2018.
Don't Miss Out!
There's something truly special about the Kentucky Derby®, and that won't change for it's 145th edition. People around the world know of the event for its paramount significance in the sport and its attendee's eclectic foray into unique clothing styles, making it a day that is about much more than just the main event race.
Every single year, horses etch their names into the record books and trot into immortality, and this year will be no different!
Bring your special edition derby hats, bright and awe-inspiring dresses, and well-tailored suits en route to a day that will never slip from your memory. Bet big on the horse who's gathering all the buzz, or take your chance on a steed that might be overlooked in the stable! Whether horse racing is your passion or you want to be there in person for a race for the first time, there's something for everyone at the Kentucky Derby®!
And when the gates drop at the track and we're finally off to the races, buckle in for "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports!"
Be at Churchill Downs® in 2019!
Kentucky is the home to the premier event in thoroughbred horse racing, and we want to give you an unparalleled experience at Churchill Downs®.
Be there to hear the stomping of an orchestra of hooves and the roar of an almost 170,000-person crowd in the flesh, and experience the magic of the Kentucky Derby® firsthand.
Secure your official ticket package with Derby Experiences today to experience the best premium seating locations, unmatched access to exclusive hospitality, and much more!