Kentucky Derby Tickets

Get your Kentucky Derby tickets now! Pinned as "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports," the Kentucky Derby will be no exception in 2016. With Thoroughbreds like Mohaymen and Nyquist set to take the track, this year's Kentucky Derby will be one for the ages. Find Kentucky Derby tickets on TicketNetwork.com and go see America's most popular horse race live in person!

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Friday
May 06, 2016
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Kentucky Derby Parties: Barnstable Brown PartyLouisville, KY
Spring Drive in the Highlands
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May 07, 2016
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Kentucky DerbyLouisville, KY
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About the Kentucky Derby

For horse racing fans, there is nothing quite like Kentucky Derby race day. Unlike watching on television, being at Churchill Downs is an experience unlike any other. The sights, such as the famous Kentucky Derby hats, sounds, and smells of being at the Kentucky Derby, will leave you wanting to come back again and again. In 2016, the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 7. Don't miss your chance to get Kentucky Derby tickets!

Kentucky Derby History

In 1872, Meriweather Lewis Clark Jr., grandson of William Clark visited the Derby, an annual horse race running in the UK since 1780. After, Clark Jr. traveled to Paris where attended the Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp. The famous race had been founded ten years prior by the French Jockey Club.

Once back in the United States, Clark founded the Louisville Jockey Club in order to raise money to build a quality race track outside of Louisville. Churchill Downs, named after the men who provided the land for the track opened in 1875. The first derby took place on May 17, 1875 in front of 10,000 spectators. The race was won by a colt named Aristides. Originally, the Kentucky Derby was a 1 1/2 mire race, however, it was changed to its current distance of 1 1/4 miles in 1896.

Eventually, horse owners began sending their horses to compete at the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore and the Belmont Stakes in Elmont, NY following the Kentucky Derby because the three races offered the largest pursuit. This remains true to this day.