Kentucky Derby, Louisville, Ky., May 4

The Derby should be on any serious sports fan's bucket list. But you don't have to be a serious fan to enjoy one of the most glorious spectator events in the world. Hang in the paddock area or prowl the party-intensive infield. The Derby is one of the most inclusive major sporting events in the nation. But arrive a day early for the Kentucky Oaks. At this late date, you'll have to go to the secondary markets for seats. But infield tickets are always available on race day. Info: <a href="http://www.kentuckyderby.com">http://www.kentuckyderby.com</a>
<br /><br /><i>Pictured: Kentucky Oaks day at Churchill Downs in 2013.</i>

( Mike Coppola / Getty Images for Moet & Chandon )

The Derby should be on any serious sports fan's bucket list. But you don't have to be a serious fan to enjoy one of the most glorious spectator events in the world. Hang in the paddock area or prowl the party-intensive infield. The Derby is one of the most inclusive major sporting events in the nation. But arrive a day early for the Kentucky Oaks. At this late date, you'll have to go to the secondary markets for seats. But infield tickets are always available on race day. Info: http://www.kentuckyderby.com

Pictured: Kentucky Oaks day at Churchill Downs in 2013.

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