With The Kentucky Derby just over a week away, live racing will start Saturday for Opening Night 2018 at Churchill Downs. As is traditional for Downs After Dark, the evening will have a classy theme to “Dress to Impress”. A great opportunity to test run your Derby attire as you watch the races.


Ten races are scheduled for Saturday including the William Walker Stakes. A large field of ten three year-olds for five furlongs on turf with a purse of $100,000. First post is at 6 p.m. (ET) with the William Walker Stakes race at 10:11 p.m.

For Opening Night 2018 Churchill Downs will have several live events going on during and after the races including an award ceremony for best dressed, live music and performing artists.

Events include:

      • Awards in the Arts Orange, the Color of Creativity (Folks are encouraged wear orange)
      • The Jesse Lees 7:15PM-8:45PM- Plaza Stage
      • Louisville Crashers 9:00PM-11:30PM- Plaza Stage
      • Performing Artists: Acting Against Cancer, Amberly Simpson & Dancers, Bohemian Monkey, Bri Bowers, Casey McKinney, CirqueLouis, DESTINED Dance Company, Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Grant Goodwine, GSA Alumni,  Jecorey “1200” Arthur + NadaLoutfi, Juggernaut Jug Band, The Art of Kacy, Kentucky Opera, Kentucky Shakespeare, Kuvebo! West African Drum and Dance, Micah Chandler, Tatiana Rathke + Jennifer Greb, The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Louisville, Tyler Robertson and Wheeler Elementary Students.

For more information on Opening Night 2018 and the race schedule, head over to Churchill Downs.