Kentucky Derby Central

Kentucky Derby Central

Horse Racing's Biggest Day is coming up on Saturday May 5th, the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby!  Portland Meadows will be throwing the biggest party in town with tons of great activities and ways to celebrate the Run for the Roses.  Stay tuned to this page as we'll be updating all the events and news leading up to the Derby in the coming weeks.  Doors will open up at 7:00am for wagering on Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby will be run just after 3pm. 

If you can't make it out to Portland Meadows, don't forget that all of our 11 state-wide Off Track Betting locations will be showing the race.  For a list of OTB's, CLICK HERE

The party will be going on all day long at the track and will include some great activities including:

Turf Club Buffet (SOLD OUT)--- The Turf Club buffet has sold out as of May 1st, however there will be many other great dining and seating options at Portland Meadows on Kentucky Derby Day.  The 2nd Floor Clubhouse will be open with first come first serve seating.  Clubhouse Grill menu will be available throughout the facility, the Finish Line Cafe will be open as well.  There will be a BBQ Station also near the Outdoor Tent on the main level.

Goorin Bros. Ladies Hat Contest---Be sure to bring your biggest, best and most imaginative hat to Portland Meadows on Kentucky Derby and enter yourself into the Goorin Bros. Ladies Hat Contest!  It's free to enter and Goorin Bros. will be giving away Gift Certificates to their great hat shop to the winners!  The Hat Contest will be set up in the main entrance to Portland Meadows.

Outdoor Tent--Portland Meadows will have outdoor tents for fans to enjoy the outdoor atmosphere and hopefully good weather (fingers crossed) while having big screen tv's, self-service wagering terminals, and full bar inside the tented area! 

Cornhole Toss--One of the great pasttimes in Kentucky before heading into the track, is playing a game of Cornhole with friends while tailgating.  Well we're bringing the tailgate party inside the track, as we'll be having a Cash Cornhole Toss Game!  You can win up to $50 all while playing the fun game of Cornhole!  You'll get 4 tosses, and if you make 1 toss in you'll get $5.  Make 2 tosses in the hole and get $10, make 3 tosses in and it goes up to $20, and make all 4 tosses in and you'll collect $50!!  The Cornhole game will be going on outside in the sunshine on the main apron.

750 The Game Broadcasting Live!--Portland's Live and Local Sports Radio channel 750AM The Game will be broadcasting live from 1pm to 4pm at Portland Meadows.  Morning Sports Page host Chad Doing and Jason Peterson will be joined by Portland Meadows Track Announcer Jason Beem and they will be talking all about the Kentucky Derby all afternoon long. 

Kentucky Derby Merchandise--Official Kentucky Derby 138 Merchandise will be available on sale at Portland Meadows Guest Services HQ on the main level.  There will also be opportunities to win merchandise as we will be having various giveaways.  Portland Meadows will have Official Kentucky Derby hats, t-shirts, and commemorative glasses available.

Tim's Great Cigars--For the second straight year, Tim's Great Cigars will be back at Portland Meadows for Kentucky Derby Day.  You can purchase one of their premium cigars from their vast selection of sticks.  Outdoor smoking areas will be available rain or shine.  For more information about Tim's Great Cigars, visit their website at


Stay tuned to this page for all of the news and info about our Kentucky Derby Party!