The running of the 143rd Kentucky Derby will take place on Saturday, May 6, 2017. The Kentucky Derby is held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. The derby will feature the best 3-year-old thoroughbred horses in the world. The 2017 Derby field will be determined by a points system. The Kentucky Derby is a grade 1 stakes race and is one and a quarter miles long. The race has been given multiple nicknames like “The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports” or “The Run for the Roses” as the winner is draped with a blanket of roses. The Kentucky Derby is also the first leg of the Triple Crown and is followed by the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes. Twenty horses line up at the gate with a chance to win but only one can finish first. The Kentucky Derby winning purse is $2 million.
Churchill Downs also features many other events besides the Kentucky Derby. On May 6, horse racing fans will experience 13 races at Churchill Downs.
Kentucky Derby suites feature first-class amenities such as premium food and beverages, HDTVs, betting machines in your tent and private seating. With most Kentucky Derby tickets, the Kentucky Oaks will also be included. The Oaks is ran the day before the derby. Ticket options can include the grandstand, turf club, clubhouse, jockey club suites, infield suites, millionaire row and the skye terrace. With your VIP hospitality ticket for the 2016 Kentucky Derby, guests will experience live entertainment and exclusive access at Churchill Downs. On average, Churchill Downs draws a crowd of 155,000 people for the Derby.