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2019 Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby by Jet

Churchill Downs, the world’s most legendary racetrack, has conducted thoroughbred racing and presented the Kentucky Derby continuously since 1875.

The Kentucky Derby takes place on the first Saturday in May every year (May 4, 2019). It is the longest continually held sporting event in America, and it is one of the most prestigious horse races in the world.

We have several jets that can get you from Calgary to Louisville in under four hours and the closest airport to the Kentucky Derby is the Louisville International Airport (KSDF), which is a seven minute drive to the race track. Contact our charter experts at (403) 275-8121 or by email

Quick Facts about the Race:

  • The Kentucky Derby is a top rank, Grade I stakes race for three year old thoroughbred horses.
  • The race distance is one and one-quarter miles long (10 furlongs)
  • It is run on the dirt racetrack at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.
  • Colts and geldings in the race carry 126 pounds (57 kg), and fillies in the race carry 121 pounds (55 kg).
  • 20 horses compete, which is a larger field size than most horse races; on average 8 horses race against one another. 

To view the leaderboard of horses on the Road to the Derby:

Derby Week Schedule:

Saturday, April 27: Opening Night
Kick off Kentucky Derby Week in style and enjoy the Thrill of Racing and the Best of Louisville Arts. Opening Night is a Dress to Impress occasion. Witness a variety of artists, live performances & art installations, and 11 thrilling thoroughbred races make this night a one-of-a-kind experience.

Tuesday-Thursday, April 30 – May 2: Dawn at the Downs
Dawn at the Downs is a popular tradition for both locals and visitors, giving Kentucky Derby fans the opportunity to see the contenders train for the big race, while listening to expert commentary.

Tuesday April 30: Champions Day
Meet legendary jockeys and trainers while gaining industry expert insights into Derby Week betting. Explore the history and the sport and of the Kentucky Derby!

Thursday, May 2: Thurby
Celebrate the trifecta of Kentucky pride at Thurby: great horse racing, bourbon, and music!

Friday, May 3: Kentucky Oaks
The Longines Kentucky Oaks is America’s most lucrative race for 3-year old fillies (female horses). The race is held each year on the day before the Kentucky Derby and is a $1 Million Grade 1 stakes race.

Saturday, May 4: The Kentucky Derby