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The Real Cost of Attending the Kentucky Derby

By Ben Steverman - 2013-05-02T19:33:55Z

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 more than $4,000. The cheapest ticket doesn't come with a cushy seat or even a clear view of the track. It just gets you onto the grounds, where you can watch the races on TV screens. The cheapest grandstand ticket, at about $215, tends to be farthest from the finish line, according to ticket search engine SeatGeek. A spot near the finish line costs at least $999, while the priciest tickets admit you to the aptly named Millionaires Row of Churchill Downs.