Kentucky Derby Party - Updated 4/16/13

Kentucky Derby Party - Updated 4/16/13

Sat, 2013-05-04

Come to Portland Meadows to celebrate the 139th running of the world famous Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs.

"Derby Day" is horse racing's biggest day and we are your place to make a winning wager plus there will be numerous festivities throughout the day to celebrate!

Please note these important items:

  • Our doors will open at 7:00 AM
  • Post time for the first race from Churchill Downs (home of the Kentucky Derby) is 7:30 AM
  • Many of your other favorite simulcast tracks start earlier so please check the simulcast schedule HERE for other post times
  • The Kentucky Derby is estimated to go off at 3:24 PM
  • Children of all ages are welcome but must be supervised at all times. The Player's Den has a minimum age requirement of 21 years old as our Oregon Lottery terminals are located there.  Our kid's zone Horseplay will not be open.
  • The minimum age to bet the ponies is 18 years old

Please note that there is no charge for parking (lots of ample space) or admission at Portland Meadows.  All areas of the track except the Turf Club will be open seating - first come first served.

The Turf Club will offer a special buffet with omelets made to order starting at 9:00 AM before featuring hand carved prime rib at noon and finishing off with bananas foster made to order at 3:00 PM.  The Turf Club buffet menu can be found HERE and reservations are recommended as it has sold out in recent years with its great value.  

Our outdoor Beer-B-Q Tent will be open all day and will feature betting machines, a mint julep bar, numerous TVs and of course BEER and BAR-B-Q!

The second floor Clubhouse level with table seating and table top TVs will be open.  Guests can purchase food and beverage from the Clubhouse Bar & Grill and there will be self serve wagering terminals and tellers to help you with your bets.

Special Events at Portland Meadows on Derby Day:

The Goorin Bros. Ladies Hat Contest

Come dressed to impress and wear your best hat to win big from our friends at Goorin Bros. Prizes will be awarded as follows:

  • 1st Place: $150 gift certificate
  • 2nd Place: $100 gift certificate
  • 3rd Place: $75 gift certificate

and there will be a raffle for a free hat worth up to $100 in the shop!  In case you don't come prepared Goorin Bros. will be selling their great hats (both men's and women's) on Derby Day at the track.

Time: TBD

Cornhole Toss

What better way to celebrate the Kentucky Derby than to offer the Kentucky tradition of Cornhole Toss.  This will be a friendly game (not a tournament) with no charge (one per person) but the prizes will be more than friendly as you will be able to win up to a $100 betting voucher from us.

The Cornhole Toss will go on (outside weather permitting) from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Live Music - Kung Pao Chickens

During the 2012 summer live race meet the outdoor Beer-B-Q Tent at Portland Meadows was the most popular place at the track except for the betting windows where people cashed their winning tickets!  Part of the reason was "Happy High Life Fridays" where we served $1 cans High Life but the main reason was the Kung Pao Chickens.  The 'Chickens keept people entertained between races with the great sets and they will be back on Derby Day!

The Kung Pao Chickens will once again be playing their hot gypsy jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt outside in the Beer-B-Q Tent (weather permitting) on Derby Day from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

750 AM The Game Live Broadcast

Chad Doing and PM Announcer Jason Beem will have a live broadcast from the Portland Meadows mainline of the grandstand from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.  Come by and say hi to the guys and let them know who you like in the big race.

Official Derby Merchandise

We have official Derby 139 merchandise available for sale including:

  • T-shirts - unisex, ladies, and kids designs and sizes
  • Ball Caps - one size fits all in a couple of different color combinations
  • Glassware - the official Derby Mint Julep glass with the complete list of previous Derby winners.  A great collector's item!

Learn to Bet Like a Pro

Portland Meadows staff will have a designated area where we will explain the program to you and your group and show you how to wager with a teller or a self service terminal. We can't make your wagers for you but we can certainly help you find your winning horse!


Great cigars will be available for purchase.  The facility is smoke free but you can enjoy your cigar on our apron and in the Beer-B-Q Tent.  Rich's Cigars will provide a great range of price points and we will have mild to strong cigars.

Special REWARDS offer

For REWARDS members, simply wager $40 on the day with your REWARDS card and get a free Preakness hat or t-shirt on Preakness Day at Portland Meadows - Saturday May 18, 2013.  If you do not have a REWARDS card sign-up is free and easy at Guest Services HQ on the mainline.  You must be present on 5/18/13 to pick up your prize and there is a limit of one prize per person.

Can't Make it Portland Meadows on Saturday May 4, 2013?

If you can't make it to the Portland Meadows Derby Party all nine of our Oregon OTBs (listed HERE) will show the live feed from Churchill Downs and offer wagering on the Kentucky Derby plus many other tracks during the day.  They will also have official Derby 139 merchandise offered as giveaways.

If you can't make it to any of our wagering sites on Derby Day, you can bet the Derby Day card one day in advance on Friday May 3.