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.

1 Firenze Fire 50-1
2 Free Drop Billy 30-1
3 Promises Fulfilled 30-1
4 Flameaway 30-1
5 Audible 8-1
6 Good Magic 12-1
7 Justify 3-1
8 Lone Sailor 50-1
9 Hofburg 20-1
10 My Boy Jack 30-1
11 Bolt d’Oro 8-1
12 Enticed 30-1
13 Bravazo 50-1
14 Mendelssohn 5-1
15 Instilled Regard 50-1
16 Magnum Moon 6-1
17 Solomini 30-1
18 Vino Rosso 12-1
19 Noble Indy 30-1
20 Combatant 50-1

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Olivia Perreault is the Deputy Editor for TicketNews. She is a graduate of The University of Rhode Island and holds a BA in journalism. As an avid concert junkie, she's been to hundreds of concerts and freelances for multiple online publications, including her music blog, found at OliviaGPerreault.com. Reach Olivia via email at [email protected]