Officials at Churchill Downs have announced that they have opened three 50/50 charitable gaming raffles for Kentucky Derby week. The raffles will be held Thursday, May 2 (Thurby), Oaks Day Friday, May 3, and on Kentucky Derby day itself, Saturday, May 5.
Participants will have the opportunity to win half of each day’s ticket sales. The other half will go towards the Churchill Downs Incorporated Foundation to support its charitable industry initiatives, including Thoroughbred aftercare, permanently disabled jockeys and arts and educational opportunities for backside employees. The CDI Foundation will guarantee $50,000 for the Derby day raffle.
Tickets may be purchased from now until Thurby, Oaks Day and Derby days, respectively, at www.derbygives.com. Tickets will also be available for all three Derby raffles beginning with the opening night program at Churchill Downs. Tickets are $5 each and are open to individuals 18 and over who are legal residents of the United States.