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The Fourth Annual Derby Party

Join us on Saturday, May 5th as the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame presents:

The Derby Party!

Join us at this Kentucky themed fundraiser featuring delicious samplings of local brews and spirits, as well as signature Kentucky inspired dishes from local restaurants.

While exploring the Museum and its local connection, guests will enjoy entertainment in the prestigious Hall of Fame before a live airing of the 2018 Kentucky Derby.

Guests are encouraged to dress to impress, as an award for the most fashionable Derby attire will be presented. Also, there's always a chance to win with our race-day inspired 50/50 raffle and silent auction!

In addition, we will be offering a LIVE AUCTION in the Hall of Fame before the Kentucky Derby.  Items include:

    Saratoga, here you come! Your new filly is by Paynter, a gritty fighter who ​earned over $1.1 million on the racetrack. ​She’ll be trained by George Weaver. 
    This incredibly awesome ownership experience includes: ● Absolutely NO BILLS EVER ● Access to real time communications about ​your
    ​ horse ● Access to paddock, backstretch and (hopefully) winner's circle ● Invitations to Partner and industry special events.You get all the fun and we guarantee NONE of the bills. You’ll receive any net racetrack purse distributions the horse may earn. West Point Thoroughbreds is the leading racehorse partnership company in America with 80 horses and over 500 Partners. Since 1991, West Point runners have won over 770 races and over $46 million in purses. We won the 2017 Kentucky Derby as a part owner of Always Dreaming and finished second in the 2014 Kentucky Derby with Commanding Curve. This year we send My Boy Jack to the run for the roses! The fair market value of this Paynter filly is $8,640.
  • Halter worn by Triple Crown Winner American Pharoah, signed Victor Espinoza Hall of Fame poster, and a limited edition Triple Crown Sports Illustrated.

The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame is excited to offer an authentic experience with a unique twist for the racing and food enthusiast. The Museum is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, and all proceeds from this year’s event support the Museum’s educational mission and allow for exciting exhibits and programs all year round.

RSVP to our Facebook event page here for updates on the newest vendors and participants!

Questions? Please contact or call 518-584-0400 ext. 109.


Schedule of Events:

3:30 p.m. - 7:00 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 
  • On-site smartphone wagering with Xpressbet
  • Race day inspired 50/50 Raffle
  • Classic photobooth sponsored by Fusion the Salon
  • Silent Auction-- over 50 items!
  • Live airing of the Kentucky Derby in the Hall of Fame

Participating Vendors and Sponsors: Be sure to check back as we get closer to the event for updates!




Ticket options: **Please note that tickets will NOT be available for purchase at the door.**

$30 Safe Driver (available now through May 4 at 11:30 p.m.)

$45 Museum Member (available now through May 4 at 11:30 p.m.)

$50 Early Bird Ticket (available now through March 31 at 11:30 p.m.)

$55 General Ticket (available March 31 through May 4 at 11:30 p.m.)

$90 One year Individual Museum membership and admission to the Derby Party! For membership information, click here. (available now through May 4 at 11:30 p.m.)

$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 (June 9).

$180 Group of Four (available until designated tickets sell out)

Please note that all ticket sales are active until May 4 at 11:30 p.m. THERE WILL BE NO AT THE DOOR TICKETS AVAILABLE.


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 now 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!


Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

Yes. This is a 21+ event. IDs will be checked at the door and are required.

What are my parking options getting to the event?

The Museum parking lot, on street parking, and parking lots across the street from the track, on Union Avenue, will be available. Please look for signage.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions? or 518-584-0400 ext. 109.



Special thank you to this year's working committee!

Brooke Badgett

Maddie Hogan

Sarah LeRoux

Jennifer Marcellus

Olivia Sutton