Presented by Old Forester

Celebrate the trifecta of Kentucky pride at Thurby, and enjoy the things that Kentucky is famous for - great horse racing, bourbon, and music! Join us as we celebrate Louisville native Hunter S. Thompson- a Louisville born journalist and author and the founder of the gonzo journalist movement.

Event Highlights Include:

  • Watch 11 thrilling races including: Unbridled Sidney & Opening Verse Overnight Stakes
  • Look for the keyword on-site to enter the Thurby Classic Sweepstakes for your chance to WIN a box for 6 to the 2019 Kentucky Derby and Oaks.* 
  • Live Gonzo Artist: Grant Goodwine will be creating works in the Plaza
  • Hunter S. Thompson puppet by Squallis Puppeteers
  • Gonzo Photo Op: Capture you most Decadent & Depraved Thurby Experience
  • Sip the Official Thurby Cocktail: The Old Forester Old Fashioned
  • Additional Stage Entertainment to be announced

Tickets start at $22 for general admission access to the Paddock area, the Plaza, and the First Floor Grandstand.

For groups of 24+, please call group sales at 502-636-4450.

Dawn at the Downs

Presented by LaCroix

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.