Sunday, April 29, 2001

Ky. Derby tickets hard to come by

Make request general for next year

By Terry Flynn
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        There are a couple of sure-fire ways to get tickets for the Kentucky Derby. For next year, that is.

        This year's 127th running of the Kentucky Derby is sold out except for the $40 general admission “infield” tickets sold only on Derby Day.

        Face value for Derby tickets for those lucky enough to get them can run anywhere from $50 for infield bleachers to $525 for the Skye Terrace for millionaires and movie stars.

        You can own a portion of a horse in the race. You can lose 120 pounds and all your fear and get a thoroughbred mount.

        All owners, trainers and jockeys automatically get tickets.

        You can be elected governor of Kentucky. (You have to be on hand to present the trophy).

        But the rest of us have to write for tickets. Derby ticket applications are taken from the day after the Derby to Dec. 1.

        About 50,000 letters are received each year for about 20,000 seats. Churchill Downs official Lane Gold says the key to getting tickets is to make the request as general as possible.

        “If you request tickets near the finish line, you probably won't get them.”

        For information on writing for tickets to the 128th running of the Kentucky Derby, go to


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