Keeneland invites racing fan to enjoy Oaks, Derby Day festivities
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – If you can’t make it to the Kentucky Oaks, or the Kentucky Derby, but want to celebrate the races in style, let the organizers at Keeneland bring the excitement of the races to you!
Keeneland will celebrate the May 5 Kentucky Oaks (G1) and May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) with parties to suit everyone’s style, from a casual picnic in the Paddock to the Derby Bash at the Keene Barn & Entertainment Center. Fans will be able to watch and wager on the races from Churchill Downs and major tracks around the country.
On Oaks and Derby Days, fans may picnic in the Keeneland Paddock and Walking Ring and view the races on the large video board overlooking the Paddock or sit in the Grandstand and watch Churchill’s races on the infield tote board. More than 1,000 TVs throughout the Grandstand will show racing.
Admission to Keeneland is free on Oaks Day and $5 per person on Derby Day when children 12 and younger will be admitted free. Gates open at 9 a.m. ET and parking is free on both days.
Tables in Keeneland’s dining rooms on May 5-6 and the Derby Bash are sold out; however, private dining options, including a limited number of Keeneland’s corporate suites for eight guests, are still available for both days.
From 4-7 p.m. on Friday, Keeneland will host Party in the Paddock, featuring drink specials, live music and the simulcast of the Kentucky Oaks. Post time for the Oaks is approximately 6:12 p.m.
On Derby Day, fans will celebrate the Derby across Keeneland grounds. Children’s activities, including pony rides ($5), crafts, face painting and games, will be held in the Lower Club from 1-5 p.m. The Paddock will host live music from 1-6 p.m., and a hat contest will take place there at 3 p.m. Post time for the Derby is approximately 6:46 p.m.
The Hill, Keeneland’s official tailgating lot, will be open Derby Day with food trucks, live music and The Keeneland Shop kiosk from 1-6 p.m. A jumbo TV will show the races, and fans will be able to place wagers with live tellers and use self-service wagering machines.