Derby Day

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Tickets for Derby Day at Keeneland are available online beginning at 8:30 a.m. ET on February 2, 2015.

Saturday, May 2 - Derby Day

Don’t miss the world’s biggest Derby Party! With over 1,000 televisions, easy access to wagering, great food, activities for the kids and more, Derby Day at Keeneland is the perfect place to view the Run for the Roses. Gates open at 9:00 a.m. and general admission is $5.

Derby Bash

Derby BashIf you truly want to experience Derby Day in style, don’t miss Keeneland’s Derby Bash in the Entertainment Center and Keene Barn from 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
The event is perfect for celebrating with a group of friends and includes a Kentucky themed buffet served from 12:00-3:00 p.m., souvenir program, live music and cash bar. Snacks will be served from 3:00-7:00 p.m.
Guest will enjoy a choice of table seating in either the temperature-controlled Entertainment Center, $520 per table of eight ($70 per person) or the open-air Keene Barn, $440 per table of eight ($60 per person). Live music in Keene Barn.
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Derby Day General Information

  • General admission is $5.00 and parking is free.
  • Gates open at 9:00 a.m.
  • First post at Churchill Downs is 10:30 a.m. EDT Oaks and Derby Days
  • Approximate post time for the Kentucky Derby is 6:24 p.m.
  • Pets are not allowed.
  • Tents, canopies, grills and glass are not permitted in the paddock, walking ring or terrace.
  • Patrons are not permitted to bring alcohol.
  • Coolers are allowed, but are subject to inspection.


Preferred Seating 

Preferred seating is available in many of Keeneland’s fine dining rooms opening at 11 a.m. on Derby Day. Casual attire. Buffets are available from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Lexington and Kentucky Rooms - Fourth Floor Grandstand
$220 per table of four (includes general admission, room admission, buffet and official souvenir program)
Phoenix Room - Fourth Floor Grandstand
$220 per table of four and $330 per table of six (includes general admission, room admission, buffet and official souvenir program)
Third Floor Dining Rooms - Keeneland Clubhouse
$220 per table of four and $330 per table of six (includes general admission, room admission, buffet and official souvenir program)
Equestrian Room - First Floor Grandstand
$30 per person room admission (Sold by table of 2, 4, 6 or 8 – limit 8) (includes general admission and souvenir program – menu is A la carte) $10 food minimum, except for children 12 and under.
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*Cancellation Policy: Guests may cancel their reservations up to 72 hours before the reservation date for a 50 percent refund. Note, cancellations must be done by table and not by seat.


Private Events

Corporate boxes and meeting space are still available for the Kentucky Derby. For rates and availability, contact Kate McLean at or 859.288.4367.


Wagering on The Kentucky Derby

Beat the crowd with our advanced wagering options and place your Derby bets a day early at Keeneland, The Kentucky Horse Park or the Thoroughbred Center on Paris Pike. All locations open at 8 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, with Keeneland’s 12 drive-thru lanes opening at 7:30 on Derby day only. 

Wagering Options:

  • Keeneland Grandstand Mutuels:  10 a.m.
  • Keeneland Drive-thru Wagering:  7:30 a.m. – Derby post-time (approximately 6:24 p.m.)
  • Kentucky Horse Park Drive-thru Wagering:  8 a.m. – Derby post-time (approximately 6:24 p.m.)
  • Thoroughbred Center on Paris Pike: 8 a.m. - Derby post-time (approximately 6:24 p.m.)

Note: No drive-thru wagering offered at the Red Mile.



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