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.  

Ben Sollee will host the Kentucky Legends variety show including local and regional actors, musicians and cultural ambassadors

  • Musical performance by Kentucky Native
  • Musical performance by James Lindsey
  • Musical performance by Scott Smith
  • Musical performance by Amyshyst Kiah
  • Old Forester's Master Bourbon Specialist- Jackie Zykan
  • Churchill Downs Executive Chef -David Danielson

Enjoy 11 thrilling thoroughbred races including the Kentucky Juvenile Stakes (Listed) and Opening Verse Overnight Stakes.

Enter to WIN the Thurby Classic Sweepstakes for your chance to win a box for 6 to the 2018 Kentucky Derby and Oaks

Buy a Thurby 50/50 Ticket for a chance to win.  You can purchase online at

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Tickets start at $20 for general admission access to the Paddock area, the Plaza, and the First Floor Grandstand.

If you do not see the tickets you were looking for online, please call the sales department at 502-636-4450 for additional dining options.

You can also see Kentucky Derby and Oaks contenders at Dawn at the Downs. Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet, and join in on a popular tradition for both Louisvillians and visitors, as you watch the contenders morning workouts before the big race. Click here to purchase Dawn at the Downs tickets.