Woodford Reserve Kentucky Derby

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby is unlike any other sporting event! With a crowd of more than 150,000 people, unparalleled history and tradition and its unique spectacle, the Kentucky Derby has been described by Forbes as one of the “Greatest Bucket-list Sporting Events” in America. Every year, on the first Saturday in May, thousands of guests gather under the Twin Spires at Churchill Downs to create lifelong memories with their friends and family.

Safety, Security & What You Can Bring

Given the many attendees at the Kentucky Derby, we take the safety and security of all of our guests very seriously. In addition to our own security staff, Churchill Downs partners with local, state and federal law enforcement to ensure our event runs smoothly and safely.

For the safety of all of our guests, your bag may be searched, and you may be wanded by security. A number of items are also prohibited from entering the facility including:

  • Purses no larger than 12″ X 6″ X 12″
  • Cameras with detachable lenses, camcorders, and laptop computers.

For a complete list of prohibited items, click here.

Gates & Post Times 

2022 Gates Open Times

  • Opening Night: 5:00 PM ET
  • Dawn at Downs: 6:15 AM ET
  • Champions Day & Wednesday: 11:30 AM ET
  • Thurby: 11:00 AM ET
  •  Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks: 9:00 AM ET

Event Information

  700 Central Ave, Louisville, 40208, KY
}  May 07, 2022
  Saturday, 09:00 am to 10:30 pm

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