Kentucky Derby Cost

By Associated Press | 

Kentucky Derby plans around the state Capitol this year will cost taxpayers about a half-million dollars.

As in previous years, the state will host a Derby-morning breakfast that is open to the public. There will also be a train ride from Frankfort to Louisville that will cost more than 100-thousand dollars.

State officials say they will use the week's events to market Kentucky to potential business prospects from around the world.

First Lady Glenna Fletcher outlined the planned festivities at a press conference today.

State government will continue its trend from last year and take a smaller ticket allotment to the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks, a race for 3-year-old fillies.

Invitations went out this year to business prospects from countries around the world, including Asia, Canada and Europe.