Kentucky Derby 2018 Saddling Up to Break Records Kentucky Derby 2018 Saddling Up to Break Records
The 2018 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs could break sales records with the high-demand for a spot at the event and a spike in... Kentucky Derby 2018 Saddling Up to Break Records

The 2018 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs could break sales records with the high-demand for a spot at the event and a spike in both the winning prize and ticket prices.

According to a resale price analysis, ticket costs have increased dramatically since 2015. Ticket Club data shows that the average price guests paid this year is $470 per ticket, which is the highest ticket cost over the past five years. This is a 28 percent increase from last year’s prices, and a 43 percent jump from the 2014 Derby.

On the other hand, reserved seating prices have actually decreased over time, starting in 2015; last year’s most expensive ticket totaled $2,950, while this year’s is $2,153. StubHub reports that the states with the most buyers include Texas and Kentucky, followed by California, Illinois, and New York.

Friday is the annual running of the Kentucky Oaks – a race for 3-year-old female horses. Saturday’s grand event is the country’s biggest showcase of horse racing, followed by the second and third jewels of the “triple crown” – Preakness in Baltimore and the Belmont Stakes in New York. Celebrities will make appearances, outfits will be closely watched, and $2 million is at stake. It has been dubbed “the most exciting two minutes in sports,” with 20 horses in the race.

Not only is this a highly-anticipated event because of the short nature of the race, but fans are also looking forward to potentially ending a “curse” this year. The last horse that won after not having raced at 2-years-old was in 1882,  named Apollo. Now, ‘Apollo’s Curse,’ which is 136 years old, is all over the media. Two of the horses in this year’s race – Justify and Magnum Moon – did not race while 2 years-old, so they might have a chance at finally defying odds and breaking the curse.

For those that won’t be able to attend, the race will be streamed tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. ET on NBC. Check out the Kentucky Derby post draw, updated odds below, and visit Ticket Club to find tickets to the event.

1Firenze Fire50-1
2Free Drop Billy30-1
3Promises Fulfilled30-1
4Flameaway30-1
5Audible8-1
6Good Magic12-1
7Justify3-1
8Lone Sailor50-1
9Hofburg20-1
10My Boy Jack30-1
11Bolt d’Oro8-1
12Enticed30-1
13Bravazo50-1
14Mendelssohn5-1
15Instilled Regard50-1
16Magnum Moon6-1
17Solomini30-1
18Vino Rosso12-1
19Noble Indy30-1
20Combatant50-1