Dawn at the Downs | 7 AM ET to 10 AM ET

One of our guests favorite decades long Kentucky Derby Week traditions is back!

Join us for the opportunity to see the Kentucky Derby and Oaks contenders train for the big races, while listening to expert commentary. A VIP experience, at no cost! A favorite for decades, guests can watch the Thoroughbreds train while enjoying a delicious buffet breakfast in the Stakes Room or Millionaires Row. Gates open at 7 a.m. and there is an exclusive training window only for Derby (yellow saddle towels) and Oaks (pink saddle towels) participants from 7:30-7:45 a.m. Training continues for all other horses until 10 a.m., notwithstanding renovation breaks from 7-7:30 a.m. and 8:30-9 a.m.

Breakfast buffet available for purchase, only on April 30 and May 1.

Dawn at the Downs Dining

April 30 and May 1 | 7 AM ET to 10 AM ET

Upgrade your Dawn at the Downs experience with a delicious buffet breakfast on Millionaires Row. Dawn at the Downs Dining may only be purchased for April 30 and May 1. Dawn at the Downs Dining tickets should be purchased in advance, limited tickets may be available day of.

Buy Dawn at the Downs Dining Tickets

For groups of 12+, please contact group sales at 502-636-4450 or fill out our Group Request Form

Know before you go! Get directions and maps to your on site lots with changes to traffic patterns on Derby Week!

Churchill Downs is open for tours on May 01, 2023.

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