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2019 Portofino Derby Classic

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Portofino Equestrian Center

213 Portofino Drive

Clayton, NC 27527

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Join us for Eastern North Carolina's biggest Kentucky Derby Party:


Saturday, May 4, 2019, 2:30 - 7:30 pm

(Gates will open at 2:30pm)

Portofino Equestrian Center, 213 Portofino Drive Clayton, NC 27527

Net proceeds will benefit cancer patients through the Johnston Health Foundation's Angel Fund.

The Portofino Derby Classic is a unique way to "party with a purpose". Join the biggest Kentucky Derby Party in Eastern North Carolina!

The fun-filled afternoon will have something for everyone. Sip a mint julep and cheer for the best-dressed in the ladies' hat contest and the family derby outfit contests. Get excited about the main event as you watch the live horse and pig races. Sit back and enjoy music and refreshments with your friends while bidding on the silent and live auction items...and of course, cheer on your pick for the live broadcast of the Kentucky Derby!

Purchase your tickets today! Tickets are available online until May 3, 5pm. Tickets may be purchased on event day (May 4 2018). Please present your ticket at the gate for parking directions, and at the event check in tent (using your printed ticket or e-ticket on your cellphone) to get your wristbands (for complimentary food and drinks).


JOCKEY CLUB TICKETS - $100 per person

*Includes access to the VIP Jockey Club with complimentary food and beverage, event attractions (live races) and participation in the hat and outfit contests.

GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS (Adult) - $50 per person

* Includes access to the event attractions (live races), participation in the hat and outfit contests, complimentary food and beverage (2 tickets for wine or beer).

GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS (Youth 6-15 year old) - $ 20 per person. Admission for Kids - 5 yrs and under is free.

* Includes access to the kids activities, event attractions, participation in the kids outfit contest, complimentary food and drinks.


2:30 pm-Gates open.

General Admission, VIP and Johnston Health Foundation Society parking and on-site ticket sales are available. Check in to receive your wristbands and drink stubs.

Have your photos taken on the Red Carpet and with our horse mounted police from Raleigh. Visit our Tribute wall, Kentucky Derby Tent, refreshment areas and sponsor tents.

3:30 pm - Horse and pig races begin. Take "your best guess" when you make a donation- you can win great prizes!

5:30 pm - Return to main site for program. Silent Auction closes.

Contestants requested to proceed to the main stage area.

5:40 pm - Main program begins.

- Welcome remarks, sponsor acknowledgements.

- Where your money goes- learn about the Angel Fund.

- Special door prizes

- Announcement of the horse race winners

6:30-7pm pm - Kentucky Derby Races on TV Announcement of Derby winners

Take "your best guess" when you make a donation- you can win great prizes!

7:00 - 7:30 pm- Music continues

7:30 pm- Event Ends


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

This event is open to people of all ages. Since this is a fundraising event, tickets will have to be purchased for every adult and child who attends the event. IDs are required for adults (21 yrs +) to receive their drink tickets for wine and beer.

Is this an indoor or outdoor event?

This is an outdoor event, and is meant for you to walk around to enjoy our attractions and program. There are few shaded/tented areas - make sure to wear your derby hats and comfortable shoes!

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

We are providing complimentary parking at the event. We encourage you to arrive when the gates open at 2:30 pm (not earlier) to avoid waiting in line. Vans and golf carts will be available to take attendees from the parking lot to the check in tent, and to/from the race track.

Guest policies

Video cameras are not allowed. Only the official videographers and media partners are permitted to cover the event. Attendees are not allowed to bring in their own chairs. The event is set up reception style - there will be limited seating. For media inquiries, contact suzette.rodriguez@unchealth.unc.edu.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email: info@portofinoderbyclassic.com

What's the refund policy?

Your admission fee is a donation and is non refundable.

How do I get event updates?

LIKE and SHARE our Facebook event page or text the word: JHFDERBY to tel # 41411.

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Portofino Equestrian Center

213 Portofino Drive

Clayton, NC 27527

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