Derby 150 Birthday Tribute Dinner

Thursday, April 11  |  5:30-9:30pm

The legendary Kentucky Derby® is turning 150 years old and the Museum is throwing the biggest birthday party to mark the occasion.

Everyone is invited! Guests will be treated to a special toast of Old Forester® Birthday Bourbon, led by the renowned Master Distiller Chris Morris, a welcome cocktail, a surf and turf dinner, and birthday cake.

In addition to the celebrations, guests will also have the opportunity to purchase a bottle from KDM's Private Barrel Selection of Old Forester, signed by Hall of Fame Trainer D. Wayne Lukas.

Evening Highlights:
✾ Premiere the new Down the Stretch film
✾ The 2009 Kentucky Derby Winner, Mine That Bird, will be in the Kentucky Derby Museum Stable for the evening
✾ Experience the Museum's new Riders Up interactive exhibit before it opens to the public

The evening finale will be the presentation of the Museum’s first ever Lifetime Achievement Award to the legendary horseman, D. Wayne Lukas.

Valet parking will be provided.

(Preview the night's dinner menu)

KDM Celebrating 150 Years of the KY Derby

Dinner Tickets: $250/per person


Old Forester® Kentucky Derby Museum Private Selection Bottle

This limited edition bottle is custom labeled with Kentucky Derby Museum and will debut for sale on April 11, at the Derby 150 Birthday Tribute Dinner. Signed by D. Wayne Lukas, Hall of Fame Trainer. Tasting notes for this exclusive bottle include a delicious blend of butter pecan ice cream with hints of vanilla bean. The finish is smooth and long, with notes of soft baking spices, sassafras, and toasted oak.

Kentucky Derby 150th Anniversary Medallion

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Kentucky Derby, a specially crafted medallion has been made from 8-karat gold plating. The medallion bears an engraving that reads "Celebrating 150 Years of the Kentucky Derby," along with the year of the first Running of the Roses in 1875 and the year 2024. On the back of the medallion, you can find the logo of the Kentucky Derby Museum and the bottle number.


D Wayne Lukas
D. Wayne Lukas in Winner's Circle on Derby Day, 1996.

The Kentucky Derby Museum is proud to announce that legendary horse trainer D. Wayne Lukas will be the recipient of the first-ever Kentucky Derby Museum Lifetime Achievement Award. The prestigious award will be presented to Lukas at the Derby 150 Birthday Tribute Dinner.

D. Wayne Lukas, a titan in the world of horse racing, has left an indelible mark on the sport. With an illustrious career spanning decades, Lukas has achieved remarkable success, including four Kentucky Derby victories, six Preakness Stakes victories, and four Belmont Stakes victories. His unparalleled dedication to the sport and influence on countless individuals in the racing community make him a deserving recipient of the Museum's inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award.


Contributing Sponsors:

Churchill Downs
David Yurman
Davis Jewelers

Media Sponsors:

The Bourbon Review