Santa Anita Park will celebrate the 2018 Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 5th with a full array of activities designed to bring the excitement of the Derby to the West Coast. Billed as the “biggest derby party west of Kentucky,” the day will include live racing, a festive Kentucky Derby Party in the Chandelier Room, a Trackside Beer Festival, VIP Whiskey Tasting, Limitless Mimosa Brunch, Hat Contest, and Californian Vintage Motorcycle Show.
This Cinco de Mayo, swap margaritas for mint juleps with the Kentucky Derby festivities at Santa Anita Park, and mark the start of another Triple Crown season. In addition to a live simulcast of the 144th Run of the Roses direct from Louisville, Santa Anita will offer fans a full day of live Thoroughbred racing from 12 noon to 5 p.m. The day’s parties and highlights include:
Kentucky Derby Party in the Chandelier Room
12:00 – 5:00 pm
Gallop into the spirit of the “most exciting two minutes in sports” with this exclusive and stylish party in Santa Anita’s Chandelier Room. Sample whiskey tastings, swing to lively music, and dive into a delicious menu created by Santa Anita’s talented Executive Chefs Paula Smagacz and Woolfgang von Wieser. Admission to this ticketed event begins at $100 per person for General Admission and $135 for reserved seating. Both tiers of entry include access to The Chandelier Room a gourmet catered menu, Whiskey tasting, full service cash bar, and live music to set the soundtrack for a full day of classic Thoroughbred racing and the Kentucky Derby simulcast. Purchase tickets before April 27th to receive General Admission for $80, and Reserved Seating for $100.
Woodford Reserve View Package
10:00 am – 5:00 pm (21+ event)
Take in the excitement from both The Great Race Place and Churchill Downs with this VIP experience. Witness all the exhilarating moments from the Woodford Reserve viewing area on the Santa Anita homestretch, sip refreshing cocktails made with Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon, and savor gourmet offerings from a Woodford-infused menu. Each $60 ticket includes a Woodford Reserve “Baldwin Buck” cocktail with souvenir cup, and hearty menu items. Tickets also include a $5 betting voucher, trackside seating, Club House admission and a racing tip sheet. Purchase before April 20th to get the Woodford Reserve View package for just $45.
FrontRunner Brunch Package
10:30am – 5:00pm
Take brunch plans to new heights with the FrontRunner Brunch package. Perched above the grandstand, Brunch at The Frontrunner includes incredible views of the day’s races plus a sweet and savory buffet to delight the taste buds of race fans both new and old. Admission is $85 for Adults and $40 for kids and teens under the age of 17. For the ultimate bottomless derby brunch, a Limitless Mimosa package with sparkling wine and full buffet is available for $110 per person, or upgrade to Veuve Clicquot for $135
Kentucky Derby Day Trackside Beer Festival
11:30 am – 5:00 pm (21+ event)
Toast to one of the biggest events in all of horse racing with the Kentucky Derby Day Trackside Beer Festival at Santa Anita Park. A beer bash of epic proportions, this event will feature the best local breweries and gourmet grub from top food trucks right on the track’s homestretch. The $35 General Trackside Package includes eight 3oz. beer tastings, a $5 betting voucher, club house admission, racing program and wagering tip sheet, and a Color Changing Souvenir Cup. The $60 VIP Trackside Package features additional perks, including a Baldwin Buck Cocktail featuring Woodford Reserve, access to the Woodford Reserve VIP area with private bar, and a $10 food voucher. Purchase before April 20th to score the General Trackside Package for $23, or VIP for $45.
Attendees are encouraged to don their trend-setting Derby best to be entered into a free Hat Contest throughout the day. Grand prizes will be awarded to the top winners in each category: Most Glamorous, Most Creative and Best Fascinator/Fedora.
The Californian Vintage Motorcycle Show
12:00 – 6:00 pm
In the infield (East End), The Californian Vintage Motorcycle Show will feature an exhibit of new and old motorcycles and classic cars with family friendly activities ranging from a petting zoo, a food truck rally, a pop-up retail experience, a live art installation, and live music. General Admission is free, VIP Admission is $45 including a fully stocked bar and food.
For more information or to purchase tickets to experience the Kentucky Derby at Santa Anita Park, visit http://www.santaanita.com/events-and-tickets/ or call (626) 574-7223