Downs After Dark - "Dress to Impress"

Dress to Impress

The annual Dress to Impress event is heating up Friday nights once again as the paparazzi turn out in full force to capture a who’s who of Louisville fashionistas. Walk the runway in your own personal fashion show as we celebrate the return of the season’s high-energy extravaganza. The catwalk heats up with a Best Dressed of Louisville Fashion Show showcasing all the hot looks you’re sure to see at The Voice-Tribune’s annual hot ticket. Then, Churchill Downs will award this summer’s Dress to Impress winner from each weeks’ finalists with a fantastic prize - a weekend shopping trip to Chicago with a $1,500 Visa gift card. So dress to the nines for the season’s fabulous fashion fest.

The Churchill Downs facilities will be adorned by mood lighting, spotlights and seasonal greenery, and colorful bunting will flow throughout the grounds and entrances. With sleek and comfortable conversational seating options, stand-up cocktail tables, unique food and beverage stations and music added to the mix, the racetrack – particularly the paddock area – will have the look and feel of an upscale night club.

To set the tone for the party, there will be “Happy Hours” from 4-7 p.m. in the paddock area featuring $2 Anheuser Busch products other discounted food and drink offerings. There also will be live music until 9 p.m. The revelry will go to new levels late in the night when internationally renowned VJ 2ndNature will mixed sounds of modern rock, pop and hip-hop from 9 p.m. to midnight. All the while, there will be private VIP “Party Zones” on the Clubhouse and Jockey Club Suites balconies with guests dancing to live music, as well.

Patrons will have the option to taste non-traditional racetrack offerings such as flavorful grilled shrimp, chicken and steak skewers and vegetable kabobs. Evening appetites also will be satisfied by scrumptious multi-course premium dining offerings available for purchase inside Millionaires Row, the Skye Terrace and other locations.

Other ancillary activities will include entertainment and interviews on the infield video boards and the popular sweepstakes promotion called “Bet or No Bet” that randomly asks fans to take $100 in cash or place a free $1,000 win bet on a horse in the upcoming race.

Gates open at 4:00 p.m. First post is 6:00 p.m.

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.


Date Nights – Millionaires Row 4 & 6

Experience an evening of dinner and mingling underneath the spires! Whether it's with your significant other, a group of friends, or your family, you won't want to miss the thrill and glamorous ambiance of an evening of night racing featuring unparalleled views of the racetrack. All Date Night ticket prices include track admission, a reserved seat in one of our premium venues, a lavish buffet dinner, a race program and live music!

$59.90 per person


Jockey Club Suites

Live like a CEO in your own Jockey Club Suite, for your group of 24 or just a few. Tickets are sold individually and include the Chef’s Table buffet, full bar and your own private balcony. Call (502) 636-4450 to make your reservations.

$101 per person


Reserved Clubhouse Seating

Enjoy racing under the stars from the comfort of your reserved seat located on the third floor of the Clubhouse. Reserved seats can be purchased in advance at our new online box office or may be purchased day of by visiting the Reserved Seating booths located inside Gates 10 and 17 (based on availability). Prices include track admission and a race program.

$20.00 per seat


General Admission

General Admission allows all-guests access to seating in the apron of the racetrack in sections 113-118 on a first-come, first-served basis. Six-night General Admission passes can be purchased in advance on our online box office or may be purchased on the premiere night outside Gates 1, 10 and 17. No discounts on Downs After Dark admission.

Cover Charge: $10

No Flash Photography Allowed.