KENTUCKY DERBY TICKETS
The 2013 Derby Extravaganza is SOLD OUT. Tickets for the KENTUCKY OAKS are still available.
Please note that the Derby Extravaganza is not a “fund raiser” for the Honorable Order. The price paid for tickets covers only our costs. We offer the Extravaganza as a way to say “thank you” for supporting the Good Works Program. Derby tickets are available only to Colonels who have participated in the program during the past year. Invitations will be issued in mid-November.
1. What is the cost of tickets for the Kentucky Colonels Derby Extravaganza and how many tickets may I purchase?
The 2013 price of the Extravaganza package is $650 per ticket. The Kentucky Oaks package, $370. An eligible Colonel may purchase up to 10 tickets (this represents 1 entire table in the Kentucky Derby Museum).
2. What is the difference between the Oaks Party and the Kentucky Derby Extravaganza?
The Oaks Party will be held on Oaks Day, Friday, May 3, 2013
The Kentucky Derby Extravaganza is held on Derby Day, May 4, 2013
3. What hotel accommodations are available for Derby weekend?
The Honorable Order has partnered with a local hotel to offer Kentucky Colonels (who are attending our events) a special 3-night Derby weekend package at a discount rate. Once we have received your reservation and payment, we will send information on the hotel, along with a contract, to the reserving Colonel.
The number of rooms available at the “Colonels” rate is limited, so you may want to firm up your plans as soon as possible.
There are, of course, a number of other hotels/motels in the area that may meet your travel requirements. For more information on Derby accommodations you might wish to contact the Louisville Convention and Visitors’ Bureau: 1-800-626-5646 or 1-800-633-3384.
4. Is track transportation available from the “Colonels Headquarters” hotel?
Yes. For a fee you may purchase round-trip transportation from the hotel on both Oaks and Derby Days. You may reserve at the hotel’s front desk – they will also have departure and return times for you.
5. Can I purchase an additional night’s accommodation at the hotel, if needed?
Yes. You’ll want to contact the hotel for terms and information on additional nights.
6. Does the Honorable Order help with other travel arrangements?
No, the Honorable Order is unable to assist with plane reservations, dinner reservations, etc.
7. What is included in the ticket price?
The majority of the ticket price for both days covers the cost of the parties in the Kentucky Derby Museum. This consists of all-afternoon admission to the KDM, with all its amenities (exhibits, private betting windows, premier facilities, and cash bar…as well as an elegant buffet luncheon and 2 drink tickets. A track seat at Churchill Downs for the day is also included.
8. How good are the track seats?
The saying around Louisville is that “Any seat on Derby Day is a good seat”. Our track seats are reserved bleacher seats, section #127. The seats are not under “cover”. Please note that the HOKC has no input or control on where our seats located… that is entirely at the discretion of Churchill Downs. You can visit www.ChurchillDowns.com and review the seating chart for a better idea of the seat location.
9. What will the luncheon menu be?
The menus for Oaks Day and Derby Day will be listed on your ticket packets. There are usually enough choices to satisfy guests of varying tastes and health requirements.
10. Are handicapped-accessible seating options available?
If a member of your party is physically challenged, please note this on your reservation form and we will do our best to provide appropriate seating in the Museum. The majority of the track seats we are assigned are not handicapped accessible, but we will make every effort to find the most amenable seat possible.
11. Is the cost of the tickets tax-deductible?
No, the tickets are priced to cover our costs in purchasing the party tickets from the Kentucky Derby Museum, the cost of the track tickets from Churchill Downs, and nominal administrative/processing fees.
12. What is the dress code for the events?
For the Oaks Party and Kentucky Derby Extravaganza: Information of acceptable dress will be included in the ticket packets you receive from the Kentucky Derby Museum. These events would be considered “dressy” by most standards. As a rule, gentlemen should wear jackets and ties; ladies should wear nice dresses or suits. Hats are a fun accessory that Derby guests are known for. Absolutely no denim will be allowed.
13. When will I receive my tickets?
The tickets for the Oaks Party and the Kentucky Derby Extravaganza will be sent from the Kentucky Derby Museum by CERTIFIED MAIL in early/mid April.
When making your reservation, please include the address to which you would like the tickets sent, if not the address pre-printed on your form.
14. If my plans change, are the tickets refundable?
No, regrettably we cannot offer refunds on tickets. If you have an emergency and cannot utilize your tickets, you may contact us at 502-266-6114 and we will attempt to put you in touch with another Colonel who needs tickets. (This, of course, depends on whether we have a wait list for the event(s).
Thank you for remembering the Good Works Program in your charitable giving.