Presented by Old Forester

New This Year: Thurby Goes Gonzo! Join us as we celebrate Louisville native Hunter S. Thompson- and Groundbreaking Illustrator Ralph Steadman

Event Highlights Include:

  • Thurby Goes Gonzo posters will be available for purchase beginning at 11 AM in the Plaza for $25 while supplies last.  Limit 5 posters per person. View the poster
  • Special guest Ralph Steadman signing 2-3 PM in the Plaza. 
    • Queue line for signing will open at 11 AM
    • Limit one item to be signed per person
  • Plaza Stage Entertainment: DJ Matt Anthony and the Casey Powell Band
  • Sip the Official Thurby Cocktail: The Old Forester Old Fashioned
  • Live Gonzo Artist: Grant Goodwine will be creating works in the Plaza
  • Squallis Puppeteers will bring Hunter S. Thompson to life throughout the track
  • Gonzo Photo Op: Capture your most Decadent & Depraved Thurby Experience
  • 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.* 
  • Watch 11 thrilling races including: Unbridled Sidney & Opening Verse Overnight Stakes

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.