LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It's no trick. Halloween is the last day to register for online ticket sales to the 140th runnings of the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks.
The deadline for the easy online registration to participate in next month's ticket sales is Thursday, October 31 at midnight. Anyone who isn't registered cannot take part in the sale of seating for the two-day celebration of the Kentucky Oaks on Friday, May 2, and the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 3.
To register, go to kentuckyderby.com or churchilldowns.com. Click on "2014 Ticket Request" on either site and enter your email address. Registrants will be notified via email in early November about the date and start time of the Oaks and Derby online ticket offering. When the online sale opens, registered fans will have a first-come, first-served opportunity to purchase two-day packages of Oaks and Derby seating in locations throughout historic Churchill Downs.
The track has 55,638 reserved seats for both the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks. About 19,000 seats at the 2013 Derby and Oaks were purchased through the online sale conducted by Churchill Downs' online box office.
Seating that will be available for purchase in the November online sale includes box seats and individual seats in the first, second and third floors of the Clubhouse and Grandstand. Dining seats will be offered on the Plaza Balcony, along with full hospitality packages in Section 110, the first-turn venue introduced in 2013 that features flip-up stadium-style seats and includes food and beverage in its ticket price. Stadium-style and bleacher seats in the new Grandstand Terrace, which will be introduced in 2014, also will be offered.
"Our annual online sale of seating to the Kentucky Derby and Oaks grows in popularity each year and is a terrific way for all Kentucky Derby fans to purchase seats for these great entertainment and sports celebrations at Churchill Downs," said Kevin Flanery, President of Churchill Downs Racetrack. "Each year, the number of requests for reserved seating vastly exceeds our available inventory. While there's no guarantee that all patrons will be able to purchase seating, the online sale approach offers a level playing field for all who register for this 'first-come, first-served' opportunity to purchase Derby and Oaks tickets."
According to Darren Rogers, Senior Director of Communications and Media Services at Churchill Downs, each purchase is carefully reviewed to ensure that buyers are not connected to ticket brokers and other participants in the secondary ticket market. There is a limit of six tickets per household.Rogers said Churchill Downs refunded more than $1 million in purchases after the 2013 online sale from buyers who were determined to have violated the track's ticketing policy in order to make them available for higher prices by ticket brokers and other outlets on the secondary ticket market.
The first online sale of Kentucky Derby and Kentucky oaks seating was held in 2010, replacing an on-track ticket lottery.
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