2022 kentucky horse race dates

Basically the best week of the year, the Kentucky Derby takes place  every year at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May. But it's more than just one day, it's a full week of races, events, parties and celebration of traditions that make it such a special time here in Louisville.
Whether you're going to Thurby or Derby, the infield or the Turf Club - it's the most special time of year with something for everyone. 

Churchill Downs Opening Night: April 30

Thurby with Nathaniel Ratliff and the Night Sweats: May 5 

 Kentucky Oaks: May 6 

Kentucky Derby 148: Saturday May 7

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