Shenandoah Downs to Offer Kentucky Derby Betting For the First Time Ever on Saturday May 6

The biggest horse racing event of the year is this coming Saturday May 6 — and for the first time ever, Shenandoah Downs will hold a Kentucky Derby party in conjunction with its harness race card and offer betting on the big race.

The regular Saturday harness program will begin at a special time of 2:30 PM that day and the Derby simulcast will follow at 6:45 PM. The track will have a Kentucky Derby “Express” betting window open beginning at 12:30 PM for fans that want to bet the “Run for the Roses” in advance but cannot stay for the Derby.

Fand attending the harness races in Woodstock May 6 can be the Kentucky Derby simulcast from Churchill Downs.

Fans will have six months to cash any winning Derby tickets and can do so at any upcoming Shenandoah Downs race program through October 29. Free Derby past performance pages will be available for bettors on Saturday to assist them in placing wagers. Fans on site will be able to walk onto the track and view the Derby on the infield jumbo screen.   

Early Derby betting favorite Forte was bred by Virginia Amy Moore and was raised at her Southgate Farm in Millwood, Virginia (Lauren King photo)

The Skill Billy’s Band will provide live music from 3-7 PM on the Mountain View concert stage. A first ever Derby Fancy Hat Contest will be held as well after the last harness race at 6 PM. Come dressed in your best Derby attire or come casual — there are no rules. 

The Skill Billy’s will perform for fans at Derby Day festivities.

The Kentucky Derby Day Hat Contest will feature $500 in cash prizes and there are three categories fans can enter their headwear: “Hatitude – Best Homemade”, “Dapper Dan – Best Male Headwear” and “Too Hot To Trot – Most Elegant”. $150 will be awarded in each category — $100 to the winner, $30 for the runner-up and $20 for third. The overall “Best In Show” will get an additional $50 cash!

Admission to Shenandoah Downs is free. The track is located in Woodstock at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds. More details are at