Kentucky Derby Party

Kentucky Derby Party

Sat, 2015-05-02

The 141st running of the Kentucky Derby will take place on Saturday May 2, 2015 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 at Portland Meadows is more than just watching the race... it is an experience! There are great traditions surrounding the race and Portland Meadows has the biggest and best party in the city.

Portland Meadows will not host live racing until later in the year, but the atmosphere on Derby Day will be similar to that of a live day. Over four thousand people came to the track for our 2014 Derby Party.  All our floors and food and beverage and wagering locations will be open for service.  Additional portable stands are added on Derby Day to keep lines at a minimum.

  • Doors to Portland Meadows open at 7:00 AM
  • First Post from Churchill Downs: 7:30 AM
  • Derby Post: Approx 3:24 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 our third floor Turf Club, which will be hosting a special multi-course buffet (details below).


Goorin Bros. will be at the track to crown the winner of the Goorin Bros. Ladies Hat Contest. There will also be a contest for Best Dressed Female and and Best Dressed Male presented by Goorin Bros and Yelp. All three winners will receive a prize pack courtesy of Goorin Bros. and Portland Meadows. Stop by the Yelp booth to enter the Hat and Best Dressed Contest. Goorin Bros. 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.

Happymatic Photo Booth will also be onsite to provide lasting memories of your Derby Party experience. Check out photos from our Opening Day Celebration last year HERE.

Please check out our promo spot - 2015 Derby Dress - available on YouTube by clicking HERE.


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 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 great prizes.

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

Food will be available for purchase from:

  • Home Plate Sliders - featuring sliders and spiraled potatoes
  • Ohana Concessions - featuring Hawaiian style chicken fajitas and bowls
  • Hol'n Jam Concessions - featuring hot dogs, kettle corn, and more
  • Solar Shots Espresso - featuring espresso based drinks and smoothies
  • Firebox Food - featuring wood fired pizzas


Derby Day isn't complete without a Jim Beam Mint Julep. All locations will be serving Juleps and you will be able to get them in an official Derby 141 glass to commemorate the day.

Post Time Kolsch, the official beer of Portland Meadows brewed by Breakside Brewery will be available at all F&B locations as well.

We have multiple full service bars serving premium spirits, along with craft, import and domestic beer and wine for all your other beverage desires.

Outside in the Party Tent we will also host a special Derby Day bourbon tasting.

Please check out our promo spot - 2015 Mint Julep - available on YouTube by clicking HERE.


We will have official Derby 141 merchandise including Hats, Shirts, and Glassware for purchase at Guest Services HQ.

  • T-shirts - unisex, ladies, in multiple 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!


The Turf Club is a great place on Derby Day. For $35.00 (per person) you get a multi-course buffet along with a complimentary Derby 141 glass to take home and a racing program.  You also get a dedicated seat and table with a personal TV. The Turf Club offers great value and does sell out in advance of Derby Day so please purchase your tickets in advance to avoid missing out. The Buffet Menu is available HERE.

To purchase a ticket with assigned Turf Club seating please email: or call 503-285-9144 and ask for Turf Club Reservations.

4/16/15 UPDATE

Please be advised that the Turf Club Buffet is now sold out.  Thank you to everyone who bought tickets and we look forward to hosting you on Derby Day!  There are numerous other food and beverage options located inside and outside the building so please come hungry!


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!

Professor of handicapping Bob Travers will also be hosting a special Horse Racing 101 "Derby Edition" Class on Friday, May 1.  There is no cost to attend the class and it is the perfect primer to help you make informed Derby bets!

Horse Racing 101 "Derby Edition"

  • Host: Bob Travers
  • Date: Friday May 1, 2015
  • Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Location: Portland Meadows Grandstand.  Check in at Guest Services HQ.
  • Complimentary light snacks and refreshments will be served.
  • Seating is limited.  To guarantee your spot please RSVP at:

We also recommend you download the Xpressbet Kentucky Derby Wager Guide, which is chock full of tips, picks, wagering strategies and analysis from horse racing’s most prolific handicappers.  It is available HERE.


The draw for the Derby takes place on Wednesday April 29th in the afternoon. You can check Equibase entries HERE for information on the runners.

Number- Horse - Jockey - Trainer (Morning Line Odds)
1 - Ocho Ocho Ocho - Elvis Trujillo - James Cassidy (50-1)
2 - Carpe Diem - John Velazquez - Todd Pletcher (8-1)
3 - Materiality - Javier Castellano - Todd Pletcher (12-1)
4 - Tencendur - Manny Franco - George Weaver (30-1)
5 - Danzig Moon - Julien Leparoux - Mark Casse (30-1)
6 - Mubtaahij - Christophe Soumillon - Michael de Kock (20-1)
7 - El Kabeir - Calvin Borel - John P. Terranova, II (30-1)
8 - Dortmund - Martin Garcia - Bob Baffert (3-1)
9 - Bolo - Rafael Bejarano - Carla Gaines (30-1)
10 - Firing Line - Gary Stevens - Simon Callaghan (12-1)
11 - Stanford - Florent Geroux - Todd Pletcher (30-1)
12 - International Star Miguel Mena Michael Maker 20-1)
13 - Itsaknockout - Luis Saez - Todd Pletcher (30-1)
14 - Keen Ice - Kent Desormeaux - Dale Romans (50-1)
15 - Frosted - Joel Rosario - Kiaran McLaughlin (15-1)
16 - War Story - Joe Talamo - Tom Amoss (50-1)
17 - Mr. Z - Ramon Vazquez - D. Wayne Lukas (50-1)
18 - American Pharoah - Victor Espinoza - Bob Baffert (5-2)
19 - Upstart - Jose Ortiz - Rick Violette (15-1)
20 - Far Right - Mike Smith - Ron Moquett (30-1)
AE - Frammento - Corey Nakatani - Nick Zito
AE - Tale of Verve - Brian Hernandez, Jr. - Dallas Stewart 

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 $6.00.

You can follow the Road to the Kentucky Derby HERE.


Copied below are the results from the past five Derbies. Sometimes favorites win and sometimes long shots 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 2014, $124.7M was bet on the Derby itself. California Chrome, the race favorite, won the race and paid $7.00 for a $2 wager.

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

Please check out our promo spot - 2015 Derby Contenders - available on YouTube by clicking HERE.

PDJF Derby Day Silent Auction

A consortium of racing organizations including Portland Meadows has announced a Derby Day fundraising campaign to be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 25 tracks and racing venues across the U.S. to raise funds for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF).

Portland Meadows will hold a silent auction of framed, autographed photographs of California Chrome (signed by jockey Victor Espinoza), Secretariat (signed by owner Penny Chenery), Wise Dan (signed by jockey John Velazquez), and Zenyatta (signed by jockey Mike Smith).

Proceeds from the collaborative effort by the Thoroughbred Racing Associations (TRA), PDJF, JockeyTalk360, and the Jockeys’ Guild will provide aid for permanently disabled jockeys’ health care and living expenses.


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 1, 2015. 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.


  • There are thousands of parking spots at Portland Meadows.  Parking is free of charge.
  • You must be 18+ to wager on the races.
  • All wagers must be made with cash.
  • Portland Meadows has multiple ATMs on all floors of the building.
  • Credit Cards are accepted at our bars, restaurants and concession stands.
  • Portable stands accept cash only.
  • The festivities outside of our main building will be in our large tent.
  • The tent will be open rain or shine.
  • Portland Meadows does have 10 Oregon Lottery VLTs.  They are located on the first floor.
  • You must be 21+ to play Oregon Lottery games.
  • Portland Meadows offers simulcast wagering from tracks all over the world.  Please click HERE to view our simulcast schedule to see if your favorite track is running on Derby Day.
  • If you have any other questions please just send us an email to: and we will respond promptly.