By Tiffany White

Photo: James Moses; Illustration: Silvia Cabib

Navigating your way through the heavy traffic and finding a parking space at Churchill Downs on Derby day can be a race to the finish itself. These tips from our Today’s Woman Inner Circle panel will make your trip to the track easier.

“Find a yard for parking. I’ve never had any trouble paying and leaving my car in someone’s yard.”

— Angie Glotzbach, marketing and public relations specialist, 
Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services

“We park on the backside. The fee is $50 to park there for the entire day.”

— Emily Digenis, chief financial officer and marketing director, 
Digenis Plastic Surgery Institute

“We park downtown and use the shuttles. They circulate with frequency and are clean and climate-controlled. Miller Transportation has run the shuttles the last few years. It’s an easy
roundtrip. The way to the track is usually smooth sailing without lines. But be prepared to wait in line following the Derby. Not bad for $20 round trip and at-the-door drop-off.” Find out more about shuttle prices here.

— Soon Bahrami, assistant professor and director of dermatopathology, 
UofL division of dermatology

“My tip for the easiest way to get to Churchill Downs is to have a friend or a relative drop you off, and if you can get there by 8am, sometimes you can still go down Central Avenue. Since it’s your friend or relative, more than likely it’s a free ride.”

— Terri Blincoe, project manager, Time Warner Cable

Also, depending on where you live, the TARC Fourth Street or Sixth Street buses will take you to the track for $1.75. (For people 65 and older, the fare is 80 cents.) Yellow Cab charges a flat fee the whole day depending on how far you are from Churchill Downs. “The city created a map for Yellow Cab that the drivers use to determine how much they need to charge,” says Laura Dailey, who works in marketing and business development for Yellow Cab. “Rates start at $27 if you live close to Churchill Downs and increase based on where your pick-up is in Louisville.”