Your Kentucky Derby® Experience: In Pictures

Posted by Darragh Farrelly on Wed, Feb 8, 2017 @ 13:55 PM

A picture is worth a thousand words, or so the old saying goes. When it comes to the Kentucky Derby®, nothing beats being there. It’s the prestige of witnessing “The Two Most Exciting Minutes In Sport,” as the world’s best three-year-old thoroughbreds compete in America’s oldest continuously held sporting event.

Heading to the Kentucky Derby® for the first time in 2017, or are you a seasoned veteran at Churchill Downs®? By choosing Derby Experiences, you are guaranteed to get a trip to the hallowed turf you will never forget! With the big race taking place on Saturday, May 6, here we take a look at how you will spend your trip to the Derby this year, in pictures.

Backstretch Tour at Dawn at Churchill Downs®. Thursday, May 4. Kick-off your week right, at the crack of dawn! Begin your walk of the "World's Most Legendary Racetrack" as you get to catch a glimpse of the horses out for their morning workout. Don't forget to bring your camera!  

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Taste of Derby, Thursday, May 4.
Available only a first-come, first-served basis, enjoy a night filled with delicious cuisine and live entertainment all for a good cause, with benefits helping relief organizations.

Taste the many samplings on offer..

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Kentucky Oaks® Race Day, Friday, May 5th. THINK PINK! When planning your attire for the day's racing, Churchill Downs® invites patrons to don pink in honor of the Oaks official flower, the stargazer lily.  


And meet some racing royalty in the process, Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day...

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Watch the best three-year-old fillies compete in the Kentucky Oaks® with priviliged viewing locations, exclusive hospitality, and the hope of having a winner!

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Fillies & Lilies Party, Friday, May 5th. Widely regarded as one of the biggest social events on the Louisville calendar for race week, enjoy the sultry sounds of country sensation Clint Black at the Official Derby kick-off party hosted by Derby Experiences, Fillies & Lilies.

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Situated amidst the allure of the Kentucky Derby Museum, enjoy premium open bars, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a bourbon lounge and gourmet food stations. 

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Last year, Pro Football Hallof Famers Warren Moon, Thurman Thomas and Shannon Sharpe were in attendance, taking pictures and signing autographs with guests.

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Kentucky Derby® Race Day, Saturday, May 6th. "The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports," watch the 143rd edition of America's most storied and highly-anticpaited race, the Kentucky Derby®

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Enjoy your Official Ticket Package direct from Derby Experiences, The Official Experience Package Provider to Churchill Downs® for the Kentucky Derby®. Thirsty? Hungry? Fear not, we've got you covered with our hospitality...

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...and witness history in the making!

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Winner's Party, Saturday, May 6th. Top it all off and join in the celebrations to toast the winning jockey, trainers and owners for the perfect ending to your Kentucky Derby® experience!

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Derby Experiences is the Official Ticket Provider to Churchill Downs® for the Kentucky Oaks® and the Kentucky Derby®. On the weekend of May 5th and 6th this year, watch the best three-year-old thoroughbreds take their shot at history.

Attend both Oaks and Derby days as a VIP with exclusive in-track hospitality access complete with premium open bars, complimentary food buffets, private wagering stations and celebrity appearances. Contact us today to choose the best seats in the house.

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