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Old 11-11-2013, 05:06 PM
 
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Tickets for the 2014 Derby go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, November 12th. We're thinking very seriously about going to the race next year, but we're not sure whether our best play is to buy from whatever is available on Tuesday, or wait until closer to the race and see if there are more options available.

I suspect the price for any given ticket will never be cheaper than it will be on Tuesday the 12th, but we'd still like to keep it as affordable as possible while still ensuring that we get a spot from which we can actually, you know... see the horses. So for people who are familiar with the Derby, is there such a thing as a reasonably affordable ticket? Or is it one of those things that if you want to have the experience, you just close your eyes and pay whatever it costs?
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Old 11-16-2013, 02:09 PM
 
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Tickets for the 2014 Derby go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, November 12th. We're thinking very seriously about going to the race next year, but we're not sure whether our best play is to buy from whatever is available on Tuesday, or wait until closer to the race and see if there are more options available.

I suspect the price for any given ticket will never be cheaper than it will be on Tuesday the 12th, but we'd still like to keep it as affordable as possible while still ensuring that we get a spot from which we can actually, you know... see the horses. So for people who are familiar with the Derby, is there such a thing as a reasonably affordable ticket? Or is it one of those things that if you want to have the experience, you just close your eyes and pay whatever it costs?
Cheapest entry tickets are around $40 and you pay for everything, even water. This entry price gets you the ability to breath the air inside the downs but not much more. Is that reasonable? Better time if you go a day earlier at the Oaks. Do you want to experience this? If it's on your bucket list, sure. If you have a few extra dollars, a small increase (double in price) to get some of the select infield spots would likely make your time there a lot more enjoyable/memorable. I highly suggest to anyone considering the Derby to go to at least a couple other tracks to see a horse track. Time at Derby always ends up going fast and if it's your first horse track, you'll likely miss the unique aspects of the Derby. I would go any other day of the year than Derby but everyone has their own idea of fun.
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