2021 Kentucky Derby

Celebrate Derby Day at Keeneland


Celebrate the Kentucky Derby at Keeneland. With over 1,000 tvs, access to wagering, great food, Maker’s Mark drink specials and live music at the Bud Light Stage in the Paddock, Keeneland is the perfect place to watch the Run for the Roses.

Gates open at 10 a.m. and parking is free. Due to Covid protocols, all tickets must be purchase in advance. Fans will not be permitted to bring food or coolers inside the admission gates. Concessions and bars will be open throughout the Grandstand. Patrons may bring their own chairs for use on the North Terrace and Track Apron. Keeneland will have limited patio tables and chairs in the Saddling Paddock for fans to use on a first-come, first-served basis. Masks will be required for patrons.

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Saturday, May 1
Kentucky Derby

First post at 11:00 a.m.

Kentucky Derby post at 7:01 p.m.

General Information

  • Gates open at 10:00 a.m. 
  • Due to capacity limitations, all tickets must be purchased in advance; no day-of onsite ticket sales.
  • General Admission patrons are permitted to bring in their own chairs, which are permitted on the first floor only. Open seating is available on the Track Apron, and in general areas on the first, second and third floors of the facility. For Derby Day, patrons are permitted to sit in the Saddling Paddock and Walking Ring. Concessions and bars will be open throughout the facility.
  • Due to Covid concerns, NO outside food or beverage is permitted through the admissions gates.  Additionally, coolers, grills and tents will not be permitted.
  • For the safety of our guests, patrons will be asked to open their coats or jackets for visual inspection, and soft checks will be done on purses and backpacks. Firearms and weapons are not allowed within the Keeneland gates.
  • Only trained service animals are permitted inside the gates.
  • Tailgating is not permitted on the Keeneland grounds.

Derby Day Activities

Live Music in the Paddock Presented by Bud Light
Grayson Jenkins, 12:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Vinyl Richie 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.


Hat Contest
Post your best Derby Hat photo on social media using #KeenelandHatContest, tagging @Keeneland, or sending via direct message. Submissions must be posted by 5:00 p.m. Winners will be contacted at 6:30 p.m.


Keeneland Kids Club Family Zone
Lower Club 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Limited ticketing available

2021 Kentucky Derby

Red Mile


Oaks and Derby Day Simulcasting:

  • Simulcast floor doors open at 9 am, Wagering to open at 10 am
  • Free admission
  • First Come, First Serve for Seating.
  • Due to Covid protocols, Red Mile will be operating on a limited capacity.
  • The Clubhouse will be available for overflow seating for simulcast patrons, food and beverages will be available in the Clubhouse.
  • No ticketed dining experiences.
  • No Drive-Thru wagering
  • Walk Up Wagering will be available on the apron

Oaks and Derby Day Gaming Floor:

  • Free Admission
  • Gaming floor opens at 10 am
  • Promotions (See Player Services for Details)
    •  $150,000 Spring Surprises Drawing will run from 4 pm - 12 am
    • Race to the Top 10 – 6 am, Top Ten Point Earners win Freeplay
    • Derby Day Picks - All Day on Fun Zone Kiosk
    • Hat Contest

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