Kentucky Derby

What is, and not allowed at the Derby

General admission: $40 Gates open: 8 a.m.First post time: 10:30 a.m. Derby time: About 6:24 p.m.

Getting there

From Lexington: Take Interstate 64 West to Interstate 264 West. On I264, take exit 10 (Third St./Southern Parkway). Turn right, going north on Third Street or Southern Parkway, to Central Avenue.

Parking: All spots at the track were sold in advance. Nearby parking is available at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium and Kentucky Exposition Center. Parking also is available downtown.

Miller Trailways parking shuttle (round trip): $10 from stadium, $15 from exposition center, $20 from downtown.

allowed at Downs

New rules on security since the Boston Marathon bombing.

■ Food items in clear plastic bags (maximum size 18" X 18", no trash bags); Limit two per person.

■ "Box" lunches in clear plastic bags or containers (maximum size 18" X 18" - no trash bags)

■ Water and soft drinks — plastic bottles only (sealed, clear and unopened)

■ Purses, but none larger than 12" in any dimension (subject to search)

■ Baby/diaper bags — only if accompanied by a child (subject to search)

■ Small cameras — none equipped with detachable lenses or lenses of 6" or more

■ Binoculars

■ Sunscreen (non-glass containers only)

■ Small personal music systems, radios and televisions. No boom boxes. Patrons may be required to turn on electronic items.

■ Cellular phones, smartphones and tablets

■ Seat cushions (without back)

■ Strollers (ONLY if carrying a child)

■ Chairs (Gate 3 ONLY)

■ Blankets & tarpaulins (Gates 1 & 3 ONLY)

Not allowed at Downs

■ Coolers (Styrofoam coolers, ice available at infield)

■ Cans (any size or type), glass bottles or containers

■ Pop-up or patron tents: — no poles or stakes of any kind

■ Camcorders

■ Cameras with detachable lenses, or equipped with a lens that is 6" or longer

■ Tripods

■ Purses larger than 12" in any dimension

■ Grills

■ Alcoholic beverages

■ Thermoses

■ Backpacks

■ Luggage (includes briefcases)

■ Duffel bags

■ Wagons

■ Umbrellas

■ Weapons (including knives)

■ Fireworks, noisemakers, air horns, laser lights/pointers, mace or pepper sprays

Broadcast coverage


Kentucky Derby coverage: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. EDT


Undercard races: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. EDT

HRRN (WLX0-96.1 FM)

Undercard stakes races: 2-4 and 5-7 p.m. EDT

NBC (Wlex-18)

Kentucky Derby 139: 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. EDT


Turfway Park

7500 Turfway Rd., Florence, one hour north of Lexington. From I-75, take Exit 182 (Turfway Road).

Gates open: 10 a.m.

Information: (859) 371-0200 or 1-800-733-0200;


4201 Versailles Rd., Lexington

General admission: $5, free for ages 12 and younger

Gates open: 9 a.m.

Information: (859) 254-3412;

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