Keeneland will host the world’s largest Kentucky Derby celebration for the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) as part of its popular two-day party that also features the Party in the Paddock event for the May 6 Kentucky Oaks (G1).
Admission is free on Oaks Day and $5 per person on Derby Day; kids 12 and younger will be admitted free both days. Parking is free. Gates open at 9 a.m. ET each day. Fans will be able to watch and wager on the Oaks and Derby and other races from Churchill Downs as well as races from major tracks in North America on both days.
Fans are welcome to picnic in the Paddock and Walking Ring and view the races on the large video board overlooking the Paddock or watch the Churchill Downs races on the infield tote board from the Grandstand seats. More than 1,000 televisions throughout the track also will be tuned to all the racing action.
On Oaks Day, fans can enjoy the Party in the Paddock from 4-7 p.m. featuring drink specials, live music and simulcast of the Kentucky Oaks. Admission is free. Post time for the Oaks is approximately 5:49 p.m.
On Derby Day, tables in Keeneland’s dining rooms and the Derby Bash at the Keene Barn & Entertainment Center are sold out, but concessions and bars will be open throughout the Grandstand. Mint juleps in the official Derby glass will be sold. The Second Floor Grandstand concession will open at 8 a.m. All other concessions will open at 11 a.m. Fans can enjoy live music from 1-6 p.m. and Kids Club children’s activities like pony rides, cookie decorating and face painting from 1-5 p.m. The Keeneland Shop will be open from 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Post time for the Derby is approximately 6:24 p.m.
Keeneland’s hugely popular tailgate lot, The Hill, located adjacent to the Keene Barn & Entertainment Center will be open on Derby Day for the first time and will feature local food trucks, a jumbo television screen, wireless wagering and wagering terminals, race-day programs and bluegrass music from 12-6 p.m.
Also on Derby Day, fans can dine and watch the races at Red Mile Derby Fest. Reservations include a buffet from 11:30-4 p.m., Derby souvenir program and preferred seating in the Red Mile Clubhouse. More information can be found at redmileky.com.
Keeneland Oaks/Derby Day Information (all times Eastern)
Oaks Day Derby Day
Gates Open 9 am 9 am
Drive-Thru Wagering Begins 8 am 7 am
Grandstand Mutuel Windows Open 10 am 10 am
Admission Free $5; kids 12 and under free
Parking Free Free
Additional Wagering Locations
Oaks Day Derby Day
Kentucky Horse Park 8 am-6 pm 7:30 am-Derby (post time 6:24 pm)
Red Mile 10 am-9 pm 10 am-8:15 pm
Advance wagering on Churchill Downs’ full card on Oaks Day will be available only at Red Mile on Thursday, May 5, beginning at 12:15 p.m. There is no advance wagering on Thursday on the Kentucky Derby.
Drive-thru wagering on Oaks Day, Friday, May 6, will be available from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. at Keeneland and the Kentucky Horse Park. Grandstand mutuel windows at Keeneland and Red Mile will open at 10 a.m. Post time for the Oaks is approximately 5:49 p.m.
Advance wagering on Churchill Downs’ full card on Derby Day and the Oaks/Derby Double will be available Friday, May 6, at Keeneland’s drive-thru wagering windows and the Kentucky Horse Park beginning at 8 a.m. Keeneland Grandstand mutuel windows and Red Mile open at 10 a.m.
On Derby Day, drive-thru wagering opens at 7 a.m. at Keeneland and 7:30 a.m. at the Kentucky Horse Park, and will continue until post time of the Derby (approximately 6:24 p.m.). Wagering at Red Mile and Keeneland Grandstand mutuel windows will open at 10 a.m.
Tips for planning your Oaks and Derby Day outings at Keeneland:
For 80 years, the Keeneland Association has devoted itself to the health and vibrancy of the Thoroughbred industry. As the world's largest Thoroughbred auction company, Keeneland conducts sales every January, September and November. Its sales graduates dominate racing across the globe at every level. In April and October, Keeneland offers some of the highest caliber and richest Thoroughbred racing in the world. In 2015, Keeneland hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Uniquely structured, Keeneland is a private, for-profit corporation that returns its earnings to the industry and the community in the form of higher purses, and it has donated millions of dollars in charitable contributions for education, research and health and human services throughout Central Kentucky. To learn more about Keeneland, visit Keeneland.com.