Keeneland Plans Oaks And Derby Day Celebrations

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Reported by: Tom Kenny
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Updated: 4/30 12:31 am
Keeneland will hold the biggest party in Lexington for the May 2 Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) and May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).

Fans will be able to watch and wager on those races and others from Churchill Downs as well as other major tracks in North America on both days.

Admission is free on Oaks Day and $5 per person on Derby Day; kids 12 and younger will be admitted free.

On Oaks and Derby Days, fans are welcome to picnic in the Paddock and Walking Ring or watch the Churchill races on the infield tote board from the Grandstand seats.

Concessions and bars will be open throughout the Grandstand. Tables in the dining rooms and Clubhouse are sold out on Derby Day.

On Derby Day, fans can enjoy live music, and pony rides and other activities will be available for kids.

Signature mint juleps will be served in official souvenir Kentucky Derby glasses.

Live Derby Day coverage from Churchill will be broadcast on more than 1,000 TVs throughout the track, and on Keeneland’s main LED tote board.

Tickets are still available for Keeneland’s annual Martinis on the Lawn event on Oaks Day.

Fans can enjoy an upscale celebration in the Keeneland Clubhouse and on the club lawn from 3:30-7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $40 each; entertainment includes a light buffet, cash bar, live music and simulcast of the Kentucky Oaks.

A limited number of tables remain for the Derby Bash at the Keene Barn & Entertainment Center. Tickets are $65 per person for a table of eight in the Entertainment Center and $55 per person for a table of eight in the Keene Barn.

There will be a Keeneland-themed buffet, snack bar after 3 p.m., live music, cash bar, Kentucky Derby souvenir program and simulcast of the Kentucky Derby.


Keeneland Oaks/Derby Day Information (all times Eastern)


                                                            Oaks Day                   Derby Day

Gates Open                                         9 a.m.                          9 a.m.

Drive-Thru Wagering Begins               8 a.m.                          7:30 a.m.

Grandstand Mutuel Windows Open    10 a.m.                        10 a.m.

Admission                                           Free                             $5; kids 12 and under free

Parking                                                Free                             Free




Additional Wagering Locations

                                                            Oaks Day                   Derby Day

Kentucky Horse Park                          8 a.m.-6 p.m.               8 a.m.-Derby (post time 6:24)

The Thoroughbred Center                   8 a.m.-6 p.m.               8 a.m.-Derby (post time 6:24)



Advance wagering on Churchill’s full card on Oaks Day will be available Thursday, May 1, at Keeneland’s drive-thru wagering windows beginning at 8 a.m. ET. Wagering in the Grandstand begins at 12:15 p.m. ET.

Drive-thru wagering on Oaks Day, Friday, May 2, will be available from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. at Keeneland, the Kentucky Horse Park and The Thoroughbred Center on Paris Pike. Grandstand mutuel windows at Keeneland will open at 10 a.m. Post time for the Oaks is 5:49 p.m.

Advance wagering on Churchill’s full card on Derby Day and the Oaks/Derby Double will be available Friday, May 2, at Keeneland’s drive-thru wagering windows, the Kentucky Horse Park and The Thoroughbred Center beginning at 8 a.m.

On Derby Day, drive-thru wagering opens at 7:30 a.m. at Keeneland and at 8 a.m. at the Kentucky Horse Park and The Thoroughbred Center, and will continue until post time of the Derby (approximately 6:24 p.m.). Grandstand mutuel windows will open at 10 a.m.


Tips for planning your Oaks and Derby Day outings at Keeneland:


• First post at Churchill Downs is 10:30 a.m. ET on Oaks and Derby Days.

• Approximate post time for the Kentucky Oaks is 5:49 p.m.

• 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.

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