Churchill delays Derby ticket sale

A computer glitch forced Churchill Downs to delay a planned online sale of 3,000 Kentucky Derby and Oaks ticket packages.

The tickets were supposed to go on sale at noon Wednesday; about 11:30 a.m. Churchill sent word the sale was off for now because of a "potential data error."

"While exhaustively testing our online ticketing system, we detected a potential data error that could have resulted in customer service issues for some patrons," said Kevin Flanery, Churchill Downs racetrack president, in a statement. "We regret any inconvenience, but the best way to serve all patrons is to delay the online offering, address the potential data error and offer these limited tickets at a later date. We will announce the new date as soon as possible."

The ticket packages ranged in price from $172 per seat to $6,390 per six-seat box.