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When It's Time to "Run for the Roses,"
Stay at the Premier Choice Among Kentucky Derby Hotels

The Most Elegant Hotel near Churchill Downs

Kentucky Derby HotelsThe Kentucky Derby, often called the "most exciting two minutes in sports" for its approximate time length, is the first leg of the Triple Crown of racing. In the world of sports, there may not be a more memorable moment than when the horses step onto the track and the band plays "My Old Kentucky Home." Just as no other horse race compares to the Kentucky Derby, no other hotel compares to The Brown, where you will enjoy an authentic Kentucky Derby experience. 

The race for three-year-old thoroughbred horses takes place the first Saturday in May. Churchill Downs is located 3 miles from The Brown Hotel.

Kentucky Derby Traditions

  • The "Mint Julep," an iced drink of bourbon, mint and sugar, is the traditional beverage of the race.
  • "Millionaire's Row" refers to the box seats that attract the rich and famous. Over the years, the Kentucky Derby has had a special appeal to celebrities from around the world.
  • Elegant women appear in spectacular hats and designer dresses.
  • The Kentucky Derby is often referred to as the "Run for the Roses" because a lush blanket of more than 400 red roses is awarded to the winner each year.

Many guests to the Kentucky Derby stay at The Brown year after year. We look forward to having you with us during this most exciting event.

Helpful Information

  • Gates will open on Friday and Saturday at 8:00 a.m.
  • The first race of each day will begin at 10:30 a.m.
  • The approximate post time for Kentucky Oaks 5:45 p.m.
  • The approximate post time for The Kentucky Derby is 6:24 p.m.

Kentucky Derby 3-Night Package for the 141th Kentucky Derby, April 30 - May 3, 2015, includes a welcome gift and Sunday Brunch:

  • Please call the hotel directly for information about availability.
  • Please note that packages do not include tickets to Churchill Downs.
  • Please note that reservations require full, non-refundable pre-payment.

Prices are exclusive of taxes.

Packages begin at $4,800. For information and to book reservations for the Kentucky Derby, please contact:
Corie Murray at 502-736-2989, or via email at

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