It's a no brainer if you want to buy souvenirs. My advice- shop early! This guarantees the best selection and I've seen long lines just to get in the gift shops later in the day on Derby day.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Tip- Kentucky Derby gift cards are on eBay
If you're planning on buying souvenirs at the Kentucky Oaks or Derby, consider buying gift cards on eBay. In the presale, certain tickets included a $25 gift card per ticket and some of these gift cards have found their way to eBay. They're good at the merchandise tents and trailers throughout Churchill Downs and at the two gift shops (one at the Kentucky Derby Museum and one inside Gate 17). Please note that they are good ONLY May 2nd and 3rd. I just got one for $16 and it had free shipping. Just search for "Kentucky Derby gift card" or "ChurchillDowns gift card."