Kentucky Derby 2019

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May 5th saw the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, Louisville. Now there are only 355 days to go until it happens all over again in 2019.

This year was packed with top class racing from some of the finest thoroughbreds in the world. The only let down...was the weather...something we are used to here in the UK but any hopes of a hot and sunny meeting were quickly dashed by torrential rain. The rain meant that the whole event turned into a muddy affair. This did not however, put the punters off as thousands still came out to enjoy the action. This year was won by a horse named Justify with jockey Mike Smith on board. This was an incredible fifth win for American Trainer Bob Baffert who holds a few other impressive records and titles.

Now to look on to next year and the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby to be held on 4th May. Racing Breaks packages create an all inclusive experience so that you do not have to worry about anything once you arrive in Kentucky, Louisville.

The Derby is the highlight of the sporting and social calendar for many in the state of Louisville and the locals really know how to put on a show. The whole weekend is a spectacle and one to tick off the bucket list.

Here are some of the options for 2019 as well as the itinerary for your time away.

Comfort Suites Three Night Package

  • Three nights accommodation at the Comfort Suites Louisville Airport

  • Breakfast included

  • First Floor Grandstand ticket for the Kentucky Derby

  • First Floor Grandstand ticket for the Kentucky Oaks

  • Return transfers to Oaks and Derby Day

  • Return airport transfers to Louisville Intl Airport

  • Saturday morning - receive a hotel visit from a track insider from Churchill Downs with tips to make the most of your Derby experience.

From £1,595

 

Springhill Suites Three Night Package

  • Three nights at SpringHill Suites Downtown

  • Breakfast Included

  • First Floor Grandstand ticket for the Kentucky Derby

  • Return transfers to Derby Day

  • Return airport transfers to Louisville Intl Airport

From £1,995

 

Galt House Three Night Package

  • Three nights accommodations at The Galt House Downtown

  • Breakfast Included

  • First Floor Grandstand ticket for the Kentucky Derby

  • First Floor Grandstand ticket for the Kentucky Oaks

  • Return transfers to Oaks and Derby Day

  • Return airport transfers to Louisville Intl Airport

From £3,295
 

Additional Extras

Wednesday Derby Museum with Stable Tour

Dawn at the Downs - Thursday morning (7-9 am) the racecourse offers fans the chance to watch the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby contenders go through their morning track work routine whilst enjoying a Kentucky-style breakfast buffet. 

Thurby General Admission (transfers not included) -Celebrate the trifecta of Kentucky pride at Thurby, and enjoy the things that Kentucky is famous for – great horse racing, bourbon, and music!
Kentucky Derby week is one of the best times to experience live racing at Churchill Downs. Be a part of the excitement at Thurby as racing returns under the Twin Spires and Kentucky Derby and Oaks contenders visit the Paddock to take a look around before the big day. 

Thursday - Taste Of Derby - A roster of award-winning chefs and horse racing celebrities from some of the country's top culinary and Thoroughbred racing destinations come together at the Taste of Derby celebration (transfers not included - price tentative) 

Friday - Derby Eve Distilled! This exclusive Bourbon & Culinary Experience at Buffalo Trace Distillery includes an After Hours Private Distillery Tour & Tasting, a Bourbon Inspired Dinner, Signature Cocktails, Live Bluegrass Band and Cigars on the Porch! Includes transportation from Downtown Louisville, Tour Guide, Distillery Tour/Tasting, Bourbon Inspired Dinner and 2 Signature Cocktails (cash bar also available - price tentative). 

Friday - The Unbridled Eve Gala at the Galt House is one of the most anticipated black tie-optional events of the year for Louisville lovers, celebrities and racing enthusiasts! (transfers not included - price tentative)

Friday - The Barnstable Brown Gala is a black-tie affair that has long been the top Kentucky Derby party and the most coveted Derby Eve party ticket anywhere. You can rub elbows with world-famous celebrities at Patricia Barnstable Brown's elegant home in Louisville's Highlands neighbourhood. (transfers not included - price tentative) 

Lexington Self Drive & Horse Farm Tour - Drive 75 miles to Lexington, KY including 2 days compact car rental and 1/2 day narrated horse farm tour 

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Ticket Upgrade Options


Kentucky Derby Day  From £215

  1. First Floor Grandstand (121-122)

  2. First Floor Clubhouse (110-115)

  3. First Floor Clubhouse (116-118)

  4. Second Floor (224-225)

  5. Second Floor (222-223)

  6. Third Floor (324-325)

  7. Third Floor Clubhouse (320-321)

  8. Third Floor Clubhouse (318-319)

  9. Third Floor Clubhouse (317)

Kentucky Oaks Day   From £108

  1. First Floor Grandstand (121-122)

  2. First Floor Clubhouse (110-115)

  3. First Floor Clubhouse (116-118)

  4. Second Floor (224-225)

  5. Second Floor (222-223)

  6. Third Floor (324-325)

  7. Third Floor Clubhouse (320-321)

  8. Third Floor Clubhouse (318-320)

  9. Third Floor Clubhouse (317)