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The Real Cost of Attending the Kentucky Derby

By Bloomberg Rankings - 2012-05-03T16:31:25Z

Photograph by Tom Eblen/Lexington Herald-Leader/Zuma Press

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You can buy tickets to the Derby and to Kentucky Oaks -- the races on the day before the Derby -- for as little as $65 per person or as much as $5,000. The cheaper admission price doesn't provide you a cushy seat or even a clear view of the track. It just gets you onto the grounds, where you can watch races on TV screens. The priciest ticket gets you to the Millionaires Row of Churchill Downs, with access to a view platform, a gourmet buffet, a bartender who knows her Mint Juleps, a private wagering station and more. A $615 package puts you in the first floor of the grandstand and includes a lunch buffet.