The Kentucky Derby 2018

Party With The Ponies

Saturday, May 5

Off-Track Betting

Wager & Watch:

  • Watch the race live from Churchill Downs in the OTB Room, Tribal Room or on the 20-foot screen in the Northern Lights Theater
  • Off-Track Betting Room opens at 8:30 a.m.
  • The Northern Lights Theater opens at 9 a.m.
  • Tribal Room opens at Noon
  • Advance wagering begins Friday, May 4

Derby Festivities

Hat Contest:

Show off your best Derby hat and win $50–$300!

  • 10 a.m.–3 p.m., register at Skywalk Coat Check
  • 3:15 p.m., meet in The Northern Lights Theater
  • 3:30 p.m., judging starts
    • 1st place: $300
    • 2nd place: $200
    • 3rd place: $100
    • 4th place: $75
    • 5–10th places: $50 each

Download the Official Rules 

Glass Giveaway:

  • Score a commemorative mint julep glass
    10 a.m. at Skywalk Coat Check
  • Includes $5 Food & Beverage Credit!

Download the Official Rules 


Kick back and watch your winner with a glass of 14 Hands® wine, just $3/$24 a bottle, or cool mint julep featuring either Jose Cuervo® tequila or Jim Beam® bourbon, only $6.