The most famous horse race in the country, the Kentucky Derby, will be held May 2 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY, and has advance tickets for general admission and select reserved seats available online. Tickets for the Derby and its companion event, Kentucky Oaks 135, are for sale on the official Web site of the Kentucky Derby.

Selected levels of ticketing, including $40 general admission Kentucky Derby infield tickets and premium Infield Suites and Marquee Village locations, are available at face value via the new online purchase platform offered by Churchill Downs and TicketReturn. General admission tickets include first-level access to the public areas behind the grandstand and clubhouse as well as infield access. Tickets to the premium Infield Suites and Marquee Village locations provide seats and hospitality, which includes food and beverage service.

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“We wanted to make buying tickets to the Derby easier for everyone,” said Mike Mossholder, vice president of sales for Churchill Downs Incorporated, in a statement. “The new purchasing platform will allow any individual or group to find available ticket packages that perfectly suit their interests and budget. It’s the same concept that’s used to buy concert tickets and many other entertainment event tickets. With minimal effort, Derby-goers can instantaneously select their package and complete the transaction online from the comfort of anywhere they have Internet access.”

“We’re proud to partner with Churchill Downs for this offering of online tickets to the Kentucky Derby,” added Gordon Hirsch, vice president of marketing for TicketReturn. “This is the premier sports entertainment event of the Thoroughbred racing world and a testament to TicketReturn’s fast-growing popularity nationwide.”

Last Updated on March 3, 2009