The Real Cost of Attending the Kentucky Derby

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

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There are 12 races at Churchill Downs on Friday, May 4, and another 13 on Saturday, May 5. To keep track of them all -- and maybe place a wager -- pick up the $8 Ultimate Kentucky Derby Guide, published by the Daily Racing Form. An official Churchill Downs program costs $10. Also available, for the gambler who wants to do more research, are a variety of betting guides priced $10 to $20 each. They feature picks by racing experts who keep an eye on horses in practice the week before the derby.