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5 Things To Prepare Before Traveling For The Kentucky Derby

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The 2023 Kentucky Derby is fast approaching, and many derby fans and bettors are preparing for the event. Most fans choose to travel to Louisville, KY,  to watch the event live and bet in person,  while some prefer to bet on their favorite horse online at the convenience of their homes.

For most people, being in Churchill Downs yourself is just a different feel as you’ll get to experience the race with other fans and bettors. You would feel the excitement as you watch another derby history unfold right before your eyes.

So, if you want to experience the derby to its utmost extent, you should get off your couch and travel to Louisville. But, before you do, you must prepare the following things below to ensure a smooth trip.

Get to Know the Horses

Before your travel for the Kentucky Derby event, you must first look into each contender as a part of your preparation. Since betting is one of the Kentucky Derby highlights, you must clearly understand how each horse performs on the race track to know who can provide you with the best result.

You must check the horse’s performances and watch their previous races, especially for the one you’re rooting for. Aside from past performances of the derby contenders, you can also look into their bloodline to know their potential.

Knowing your favorite horse’s team is also vital information that will help you increase your chance of winning your bet. You must know the trainer and the horse jockey and research them to know how well they handled horses in the past, as it will impact how they’ll handle their horses at the 2023 Kentucky Derby.

Lastly, after you acquire the information mentioned, you should check the horse’s odds. You must constantly check this as it changes as the race day approaches.

Although you can always refer to the 2023 live odds of the Kentucky Derby that the bookies will provide on race day, it’s still good practice to regularly check the odds before the event. It will give you an overview of how much you must bet to acquire your desired return.

Choose the Appropriate Clothing

Another thing that you should prepare before your trip is your clothes. The Kentucky Derby isn’t only a horse racing event. It has also become a popular fashion event where guests wear their best attire.

The Kentucky Derby weekend includes a series of parties. Therefore, you must bring clothes for each event, especially if you plan to join them. You can wear casual and semi-formal attire for these parties. You might want to shop for these before your trip.

More importantly, don’t forget about the hat. Wearing hats has been a Kentucky Derby tradition. Ladies, and even gents, wear their best hats as a part of their entire derby outfit.

Decide Where to Stay

You must consider your budget when choosing a place to stay during the Kentucky Derby.

There are so many options for you, but you need to remember that the Kentucky Derby is one of the biggest sporting events in the US, so accommodations and restaurants around Churchill Downs could be more expensive.

Local businesses use this opportunity to increase sales, increasing their prices during the derby weekend. If you want to stay near Churchill Downs for easy access to the race course, you can consider booking hotels near the airport as it is only one cab’s ride away.

If you’re on a tighter budget, you might want to book accommodation further away from Churchill Downs. Still, consider that you might have to pay double for the transportation. It’s also highly recommended to check derby travel packages. These packages often include hotel accommodation, transportation to and from Churchill Downs, and a tour around the city.

Prepare Your Budget

Before deciding where to stay in Louisville during the derby, you must establish your budget for the trip. Keep in mind that your travel budget is separate from your bankroll. So, aside from your betting budget, you must also have a separate budget for your travel expenses.

Set a budget that you can afford and base your decisions around this budget. Expect your Kentucky Derby trip to be expensive since it’s a huge event.

Ensure that your budget is enough for you to have a good time during the derby weekend. There are many places to visit while in Louisville and parties to attend during the Kentucky Derby event, and it’s best to allocate your budget to allow you to enjoy the festivities.

Create Your Itinerary

Like with every trip you had before, you must create an itinerary before your trip. The first thing you must do when you create your itinerary is to do your research about Louisville.

Look up places that you can visit while you’re there. Look for restaurants that serve the food you like at the lowest price. When creating your travel plan, you must decide how many days you will stay in Louisville.

Ensure you include the Kentucky Derby race and the parties you plan to join. Take note that your itinerary is based on how much you’re willing to spend.

Final Thoughts

Attending the Kentucky Derby in person could be one of the highlights of your life. Remember what we just mentioned so you can enjoy the race and festivities to the fullest.

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