LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- Churchill Downs has revealed its parking plan for Mother's Day weekend and the remainder of the Spring Meet.

Below is information to help plan your trip:
Admission Gates:

  • Guests may enter through the Paddock Gate or VIP Gate any day of the 2018 Spring Meet.
  • The Clubhouse Gate is open through Mother’s Day, but will be closed to guests beginning May 14 as part of the ongoing construction.
  • Admission Gates on Mother’s Day (May 13) will open at 11:30 AM.

Reserved Parking:

  • Guests with reserved parking permits will park in the White Lot which is accessed from Central Ave.  This area is reserved for Horsemen, Turf Club members, Suite holders and others with reserved parking permits.
  • The Red Lot is reserved on live race days for guests with Red Lot parking permits.
  • Permits must be displayed from the rear view mirror to gain access to parking area.

Free Parking:

  • Free parking will be available to guests in the Green, Orange and Black lots for the entire race meet.
  • Free parking will also be available in the Yellow and Turquoise Lots through Mother’s Day.
  • Charter Bus and oversized vehicle parking is available in the Pink Lot.
  • Parking lots may be accessed from Central Ave., Longfield Ave. or Taylor Blvd.
  • Neighborhood parking is also available.

Parking for Guests with Disabilities:

  • Accessible parking spaces are available in the White Lot near the Paddock Gate for guests with State Issued Disabled Persons Parking Permits.
  • Mobility Assistance golf carts are also available to shuttle guests from the free parking areas to the admission gates.

Valet Parking:

  • Valet parking will be available in the Yellow Lot near the Clubhouse Gate through Mother’s Day (May 13). Those wishing to valet park should enter Churchill Downs via Longfield Ave.
  • Cost for valet parking is $10 Thursday through Saturday and $20 on Mother’s Day.
  • Valet Parking is not available beginning May 14.
  • Taxis and Ride-Sharing Services (Uber, Lyft, etc.):
  • Guests utilizing taxis or ride share services should use the Churchill Downs auto court in front of the Barbaro Statue by the Derby Museum. This is accessible via Central Ave. for both pickup and drop-off on race days.

Guest Drop-Off:

  • Guests may be dropped off at the VIP Admission Gate.
  • Drop-off area may be accessed from Thornberry Ave. or Kentucky Derby Drive.
  • Kentucky Derby Museum Visitors:
  • Guests visiting the Kentucky Derby Museum may park in the Black, Orange and Green lots on Live Race days.
  • On days when the track is not racing, the Red and White parking lots are also available for museum guests.
  • Accessible parking spaces are available in the White Lot near the Paddock Gate.


  • Employees may park in the Turquoise Lot May 10-12.
  • Beginning on Mother’s Day (May 13) and continuing through the Spring Meet, employees should park in the track’s infield.
  • Employees will need a parking permit from their Supervisor to access the infield. The infield is accessed via the Stable Gate which is located on 4th Street at the entry to the Stable Area.

The 2018 Spring Meet runs every weekend through June 30.

For more information on parking and entry procedures, including shuttle bus traffic, visit ChurchillDowns.com.

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