2014 Kentucky Derby Party

2014 Kentucky Derby Party

Sat, 2014-05-03

The 140th running of the Kentucky Derby will take place on Saturday May 3, 2014 from historic Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.  The Derby is held annually on the first Saturday in May and Portland Meadows is your place to watch and wager on the Derby.

But Derby Day is more than just the race... it is an experience!  There are great traditions surrounding the race and Portland Meadows has the biggest and best party in Portland.

Portland Meadows will not host live racing until July, but the atmosphere on Derby Day will be similar to that of a live day.  Thousands come to the track and all floors and locations will be open for service.

  • Doors to Portland Meadows open at 7:00 AM
  • First Post from Churchill Downs: 7:30 AM
  • Derby Post: Approx 3:15 PM

There is no charge for parking or admission at Portland Meadows.  All floors and areas are available first come first served with the exception of a private party on the apron and our third floor Turf Club which will be hosting a special multi-course buffet (details below).

Come Dressed to Impress

Goorin Bros. will be at the track to crown the winner of the Goorin Bros. Ladies Hat Contest.  They offer prizes to the top three finishers so please visit their booth on Derby Day to register.  They will also be selling their fantastic hats (both men's and women's) so please check them out.

Goorin Bros will be at Portland Meadows from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Goorin Bros. has a shop on NW 23rd and you can find more information about them HERE.

New this year, Harding & Wilson will be at the track selling their fantastic bow ties.  Many Portland Meadows employees have a tie or two in their collection and we highly recommend you suit up with one of their ties for the day.  Like Goorin Bros., they will be hosting the Best Dressed Man contest with special prizes.  They will also be selling their ties on Derby Day

Harding & Wilson will be at Portland Meadows from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

You can find more information about Harding & Wilson HERE.

Outdoor Party Tent

There will be lots of fun inside and out on the day.

We will have a large outdoor tent with many food and beverage options and of course, TVs and betting machines so you don't miss any action.

Cigars will be available for purchase from NW Cigars Inc.

Just outside the tent we will have the classic Kentucky game of Cornhole Toss (11:00 AM to 4:00 PM).  You will be able to win up to a $100 Betting Voucher.

Inside the tent, live music will be performed by the Kung Pao Chickens (1:00 PM to 4:00 PM).

Food will be available for purchase from Home Plate Sliders (more information HERE) and professional BBQ competitor Movin' The Chains BBQ (more information HERE).  These two have been at Portland Meadows before and are definitely fan favorites!

Tasty Beverages

Derby Day isn't complete without a Mint Julep.  All locations will be serving Juleps and you will be able to get them in an official Derby 140 glass to commemorate the day.  We have multiple full service bars for all your other beverage desires.

Official Derby Merchandise

We will have official Derby 140 merchandise including Hats, Shirts, and Glassware for purchase at Guest Services HQ.

  • 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!

Turf Club Buffet - SOLD OUT, Waiting List Only

The Turf Club is a great place on Derby Day.  For $35.00 (per person) you get a multi-course buffet with a Kentucky twist.  You also get a dedicated seat and table with a personal TV.  The Tuf Club offers great value and does sell out in advance of Derby Day so please make your reservations early to avoid missing out.  The Buffet Menu with reservation instructions can be found HERE.

April 18, 2014 Update - Please note that the buffet is now sold out.  We are still accepting names for the cancellation/wait list.

The Game - Live Remote

750 AM The Game sports radio will be broadcasting live from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.  Stop by and say hi!

Book Signing

Portland Meadows' own announcer, the multi-talented Jason Beem is a newly published author and he will be at the track for a book signing from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM.  His book Southbound will be available on March 31, 2014.  For more information on Jason and the book please click HERE.

Learn to Bet Like a Pro

Portland Meadows Personal Gamblin' Guides in the famous red shirts will be in designated areas around the track.  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!


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 17, 2014. 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 5/17/14 to pick up your prize and there is a limit of one prize per person.

For more information on the REWARDS program please click HERE.

When is the Derby Field Announced?

The draw for the Derby takes place on Wednesday April 30th in the afternoon.  You can check Equibase entries HERE for information on the runners.

We will have official programs for sale on Thursday evening.  Programs cost $2.50.

The Daily Racing Form (DRF) will be available Friday afternoon and costs $5.25.

Recent Derby Results

Copied below are the results from the past five Derbies.  Sometimes favorites win and sometimes longshots do.  Whether you are a seasoned handicapper or pick favorite numbers, names, connections, you have a great change to win big.  The pools are so large and with so many different betting interests (likely 20) there are lots of opportunities to win big.

In 2013, $130.5M was bet on the Derby itself.  ORB, the race favorite, won the race and still paid $12.80 for a $2 wager.

If you played the Superfecta (the top four in official order) for $2 and had the winning numbers of: 16-4-3-5 you would have cashed $57,084.00.  Amazing!

Other information can be obtained from Equibase's Historical Charts by clicking HERE

Can't Make it to Portland Meadows on Derby Day?

If you can not make it to Portland Meadows on Derby Day we have Off Track Betting (OTB) locations around Portland and throughout Portland.  Our locations are the only legal establishments to wager on the Derby or any horse race for that matter at a location in the State of Oregon.

Our OTBs can be found HERE.

For added convenience, you can also "advance wager" on the Derby one day early on Friday May 2, 2014.  Portland Meadows and our OTBs have the capabilities to take your wagers for the Derby on Friday.

If you are not able to make it to one of our locations, you can also wager on the Derby legally online at Xpressbet.  For more information please check them out by clicking HERE