LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ Tickets prices for next year's Kentucky Derby are going up.

Churchill Downs officials said Thursday that general admission tickets for both the Derby and the Kentucky Oaks, which include admission to the infield and areas of the Clubhouse Garden and grandstand, will increase by $5, to $40 for the Derby May 5 and $25 for the Oaks the previous day.

Reserved seating for the Derby will also increase by between $5 and $25.

John Asher, Churchill spokesman, said the price increase reflect an increase in the cost of putting on the two-day event, billed as America's greatest race.

Churchill saw a record crowd of 106,156 during the 2000 Oaks and the Derby crowd of 153,204 was the second largest for that event.

Churchill officials also decided to reserve 8,000 bleacher seats previously open to the public on a first come, first serve basis during Oaks day. Tickets for those seats will range from $28 to $35.


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