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Kentucky Derby party set for May 5

The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will host its fourth annual Kentucky Derby party fundraiser on Saturday, May 5 at the Museum from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event will feature delicious samplings from a variety of breweries, distilleries and wineries, as well as signature Kentucky-inspired dishes from local restaurants. All proceeds from the event will support the Museum’s educational mission and allow for exciting exhibits and programming year-round.


While exploring the Museum, guests will enjoy entertainment in the Hall of Fame before a live airing of the Kentucky Derby. Guests are encouraged to dress to impress, as an award for the most fashionable Derby attire will be presented. Also, there’s a chance to win various prizes with our race-day inspired 50/50 raffle. Other highlights include silent auctions for numerous items, including an ownership share in a West Point Thoroughbreds racehorse and an authentic halter worn by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, courtesy of Coolmore America.


Representatives from XpressBet will be on hand to give guests the opportunity to bet on the Kentucky Derby and other races via smart phones and tablets.


Schedule of Events (3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.):


•Coverage of the Kentucky Derby pre-show throughout the Museum


•Samplings from local restaurants, breweries, distilleries and wineries


•Live music in the official Hall of Fame with Rich Ortiz


•Awards for the best Derby attire — dress to impress!


•Live music in the Sculpture Gallery with the East End Boys


•Judging for best Kentucky-inspired dish


•Raceday-inspired 50/50 Raffle


•Classic photobooth sponsored by Fusion the Salon


•Silent auction


•Live airing of the Kentucky Derby in the Hall of Fame


Ticket options (Please note there will be no tickets available the day of the event):


$30 Safe Driver


$45 Museum Member


$55 General Ticket


$90 One-year individual Museum membership and admission to the Derby Party


$100 Triple Crown Ticket: New this year, the Triple Crown Ticket will get you into the Museum’s Derby Party (May 5), Preakness Party (May 19), and the 150th Belmont Stakes Party (June 9).


$180 Group of Four


Please note that all ticket sales are active until May 4 at 11:30 p.m.


To order tickets:



Looking for a place to stay overnight after the Derby Party fundraiser? Check out these deals with our local partners:


  • Brentwood Hotel on Nelson Avenue: Use discount code HORSE18 for 10% off your stay after the Derby Party. Book at:


  • The Brunswick at Saratoga Bed and Breakfast: 25% off your two-night stay, including breakfast, or 10% off your one-night stay with breakfast. Call (518) 584-6751 to book today and mention the Derby Party, or visit


    This is an age 21-plus event. IDs will be checked at the door and are required.


    To order tickets or get more information, email or call (518) 584-0400 ext. 109.