Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs

Anne M. Eberhardt

Online Derby, Oaks Ticket Sales Rescheduled

Churchill Downs has rescheduled the online sale of Derby and Oaks packages.

Churchill Downs’ online sale of limited two-day Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks ticket packages, which was delayed Dec. 16 by a potential data error with its new online box office, has been rescheduled for Jan. 6 at noon EST, the Kentucky racetrack announced Dec. 21.

In all, 3,000 seats have been allocated for online purchase.

“Our concern regarding a potential data error that temporarily delayed our online sale of Kentucky Derby and Oaks tickets has been erased,” Churchill Downs president Kevin Flanery said in a statement. “The customer experience with this first-of-its-kind online offering is paramount, and we truly appreciate our patrons’ patience as we worked through this process.”

Reserved seating packages to be sold, which include tickets to both the April 30 Kentucky Oaks and May 1 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (both grade I), include:

Third-floor clubhouse box seats in sections 312-314 and access to the Secretariat Lounge, an exclusive, upscale, indoor hospitality area that will feature premium gourmet food, an open bar, televisions, betting kiosks, and live music between races (50 boxes or 300 seats that range from $6,132-$6,390 per six-seat box);

First-floor clubhouse box seats in section 111 (166 boxes or 996 seats that cost $1,500 per six-seat box);

Second-floor grandstand bleacher seats in sections 222-225 (300 seats that range from $214-$225 per seat); and

First-floor grandstand bleacher seats in sections 121-128 (1,404 seats that range from $172-$207 per seat).

Churchill officials said there is a purchase limit of six seats or one box per order. Those who want to purchase box seats must purchase an entire box, which includes seats for six.

Tickets must be purchased with a Visa credit or debit card, officials said. Minimal ticket processing charges will apply. The offer is exclusive to the Web site; no sales will be made in person or by submitting letters, e-mail, or telephone calls to Churchill Downs, officials said.

Advance general admission tickets for the 2010 Oaks and Derby ($25 and $40, respectively), already are available for purchase online.