The Kentucky Derby is steeped in tradition and history.
Here are some links to help you get a sense of the history and
participants of the first jewel of the Triple Crown!
A summary of all past participants that contribute to the Kentucky Derby.
Derby Historical Timeline
Follow the key historical events that helped define the modern day Kentucky Derby.
African Americans in
the Kentucky Derby
Learn the roles African-American horsemen like Isaac Murphy played in Derby history.
Women in the Kentucky Derby
Women have owned, bred, trained and ridden Kentucky Derby contenders. Learn about them here.
Being one of the more stylish
sporting events of the year, it is important to know what attire
is acceptable when attending the Kentucky Derby.
Business casual is required for
the Jockey Club and Finish Line suites, Aristides & Stakes
rooms, and the Turf Club.
Business casual is best described
as the following:
Denim, jeans, shorts
and tennis shoes are not allowed
Millionaires Row, Matt Winn Dining
Room and premium indoor box seats require Casual Attire:
Jackets optional, Blazers
Vests, collared shirts, and
Slack, golf shorts, dress
shorts, dress jeans, and capris
Twin Spires Gold Rooms require
casual clothing that includes:
Torn or frayed
clothing is inappropriate and not allowed.
Race Day Times
Gates open at 8:00 a.m. for the
celebrated races. The first race takes place at 11:00 a.m. The
Kentucky Derby begins at 6:04 p.m. and the last race is at 7:27
Derby Do's and Dont's
As you prepare for your race day
trip to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby, security only
allows certain items to be carried inside of the race track.
Please note all items are subject for search by
Items permitted by Churchill Downs
at the Kentucky Derby include:
Binoculars, cameras and
Packed lunches and food items
in clear plastic bags or containers (18” X 18”)
Strollers (one child per
Small Radios, TV’s, CD players
(none of large size)
Tarpaulins (for infield use
permitted by Churchill Downs at the Kentucky Derby:
Briefcases, backpacks, luggage
pieces, or duffel bags
Bottles and cans (beverages
and lotion containers)
Weapons (of any kind,
including scissors and knives)