Sat May 7, 2022 Versailles, KY 40383 US

Congratulations to CARLITA, the very first winner of the Kenpuppy Derby!

Photos from the Kenpuppy Derby


Start Derby Day off with the most exciting race of all: the Waddle for the Roses! Eight adoptable puppies will don their silks and hit the turf for their shot at glory. Place bets, play games, compete for fanciest hat, and of course take in the race!
The best part? You'll still have plenty of time to get ready for that *other* derby, so you can enjoy both!
The Kenpuppy Derby is a family-friendly affair with fun and games for both puppy lovers AND horse lovers! For $5 per person you can take part in any or all of our derby day activities - or come just to watch the race for free. Green Items below are included with your $5 ticket; Rose Items cost a little extra. 



Meet your adoptable racers! Check out their style, feistiness, and energy level for important betting purposes; pet and snuggle them for joy purposes. Puppies will be hot walking with their Animal Care Provider buddies from the Adoption Center up until the 11:00 post time. 


Alright, you got's not really a high-stakes affair. But you can still win a little something! Place your trifecta bet for just $2; if you correctly guess the first three finishers in the right order, you'll win a gift card to your choice of Starbucks, Target, or Amazon! 


Break out your finest Derby Day headwear. Is it stylish? Elaborate? Classy? Silly? Insane? We wanna see it! We will proudly present the winner with a comically large ribbon and a photo op with the fastest puppy in the Winners' Circle. 


If you were a racehorse, what would your name be? We'll gaze into the depths of our crystal ball (name generator) and find out! Will it be inspirational? Aspirational? Powerful? A bit ridiculous? "Results will definitely vary," according to our Marketing Director who now goes by Lost Citation. Red Hot Biscuit, an Animal Care Provider, agrees. 


For the Kids (and Childish Adults): Choose your pool noodle pony and satisfy your need for speed! Run as many races as you like - they'll be available throughout the event, except for during the Derby itself. 


For the Kids (and Childish Adults): Forgot your derby hat? We can fix that with the magic of arts and crafts! Sparkles, ribbons, glitter, feathers, and more await. Go nuts!


Pick up your Kenpuppy Derby t-shirt(s) and browse our other merch offerings! 


Mint juleps aren't allowed on county property but Katie's Happy Hot Dogs will be there, and that's just as exciting! Plus, Spotz Gelato will be there with their special Kentucky Pride flavor that's sure to remind you of a certain derby-season favorite dessert!
Follow us on Facebook or Instagram to see "morning workouts" and other extremely important updates ahead of the race!

QUESTION: When and where?

ANSWER: Saturday, May 7 - the event starts at 10:00 am, the race is at 11:00 am, we'll be wrapped up by noon. Location is Falling Springs Park, look for us in the paddock next to the Huffman Pavilion!

QUESTION: Can I bring my dog? 

ANSWER: Please leave your dog at home for this one! With 10 puppies running around, we want to avoid any unnecessary health risks. 

QUESTION: How much does it cost? 

ANSWER: $5 per person to take part in the games and activities - $2 per trifecta "bet" - FREE if you just wanna watch! Cash, check, and all major credit cards accepted. 

QUESTION: Can I bring a chair?

ANSWER: Absolutely! If you want to post up on the sidelines of the race track and chill, you are welcome to bring a camping chair with you. 

QUESTION: Will there be snacks?! 

ANSWER: Yes! Katie's Happy Hot Dogs and Spotz Gelato will both be in attendance.

QUESTION: Can I buy a t-shirt? 

ANSWER: Yes - but! - we only have a limited number of shirts for sale. So if your heart is set on one, visit the retail table early. 

QUESTION: I already bought a t-shirt. Where's my t-shirt? 

ANSWER: We'll have preordered shirts waiting for you at the Kenpuppy Derby! If you can't attend, you can collect your shirt at the Adoption Center during regular business hours anytime before the end of May. 

QUESTION: Can I take home one of those puppies?!

ANSWER: The puppies will only be available for adoption AFTER the event is over. We will be opening the Adoption Center at 2:00 pm on the 7th (most of our staff will be helping at the race) and puppies will be adoptable on a first come, first served basis at that time. 


Pre-orders are now closed! If you ordered, you can pick up your shirt at the Kenpuppy Derby; if you didn't order, we'll have a limited number of extra shirts available for purchase! 
275 Beasley Road
Versailles, KY US 40383
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