Sunday, March 1, 2009

Kentucky Derby 135 Tickets Available for Sale Online

(BUSINESS WIRE)--With Kentucky Derby 135 only two months away, Churchill Downs, the legendary racetrack that hosts the annual “Run for the Roses,” is pleased to announce that online advance ticket sales for general admission and select reserved seats to the Kentucky Derby and its companion event, Kentucky Oaks 135, are now available at

Selected levels of ticketing, including $40 general admission Kentucky Derby infield tickets and premium Infield Suites and Marquee Village locations, will be available at face value via the new online purchase platform offered by Churchill Downs and TicketReturn. General admission tickets provide the same access that patrons may enjoy by purchasing admission on the morning of the Kentucky Derby or Kentucky Oaks, which includes first-level access to the public areas behind the grandstand and clubhouse, as well as infield access. Tickets to the premium Infield Suites and Marquee Village locations offer seats and hospitality, which includes food and beverage service.

“We wanted to make buying tickets to the Derby easier for everyone,” said Mike Mossholder, vice president of sales for Churchill Downs Incorporated. “The new purchasing platform will allow any individual or group to find available ticket packages that perfectly suit their interests and budget. It’s the same concept that’s used to buy concert tickets and many other entertainment event tickets. With minimal effort, Derby-goers can instantaneously select their package and complete the transaction online from the comfort of anywhere they have Internet access.”

“We’re proud to partner with Churchill Downs for this offering of online tickets to the Kentucky Derby,” said Gordon Hirsch, vice president of marketing for TicketReturn. “This is the premier sports entertainment event of the Thoroughbred racing world and a testament to TicketReturn’s fast-growing popularity nationwide.”

The ability to buy tickets online enables Derby-goers to secure available reserved seats or general admission tickets weeks in advance of the Oaks and Derby and plan ahead for a truly special visit to the Derby’s host city, Louisville, Ky. Over the years, the Kentucky Derby experience has evolved into much more than a horse race. The weeks leading up to the Kentucky Derby now encompass a whirlwind of special events with a little something for everyone.

The Kentucky Derby Festival, a two-week long, community-wide celebration, is a tremendous draw for tourists from around the country and offers more than 70 family-friendly events – many of them free of charge with Pegasus Pin admission (visit the Kentucky Derby Festival at for more). Meanwhile, Churchill Downs offers live racing in the days leading up to the Derby with a variety of on-track entertainment options, as well as “Dawn at the Downs,” a chance for race fans to enjoy breakfast under the Twin Spires while watching Derby and Oaks contenders on the track, preparing for their moment in the spotlight.

For more information on the Kentucky Derby and how to purchase ticket packages, please visit

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