Kentucky Derby

Derby Week is here, bringing America's largest horse race to Louisville, KY.  As a partner with Uber, you are invited to drive in Louisville during Derby week.  

To help you make the most of your trip, bookmark this page as a resource for the best times to drive, event calendars, locations of high demand, partner pro-trips and more. We'll continue to update this page with the latest information!

Demand Comparison

Rider requests in Louisville are higher than any other time during the year, even New Year's Eve! Below is a look at last year's requests numbers compared to an average week.

Guaranteed Earnings

We know driving from out of town is a commitment. So you know it's worth your time, we're offering over $1,000 in guaranteed gross fares throughout the weekend. Check them out here!

Requirements to Drive in Louisville

1) As part of Kentucky's state law, ALL partners driving in Louisville, even just for Derby, MUST attain a vehicle inspection. If you've already submitted one to Uber, then no worries, we have yours on file. If you haven't had one completed, visit one of our partner auto mechanics in your home city. To be able to sign on in Louisville, you will need to take a picture of the completed Vehicle Inspection form (download here) and text it to our document upload number: 502-233-1689.

You will receive a confirmation text from us letting you know you're approved to drive in Louisville.

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2) Kentucky state law also requires Uber partners like you to display an uber decal in your vehicle when taking trips arranged through the Uber app. Print a decal before heading to Louisville, then place it on your passenger side dash. Download a decal here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What products are available in Louisville?

For the Kentucky Derby, uberX, uberXL and UberSELECT will all be available to partners. If you drive uberXL or UberSELECT in your home city, you will also be open to premium product requests in Louisville. 

If I previously completed a vehicle inspection, do I need to again?

No, if you have already had a vehicle inspection completed, you will be approved to drive for Derby. We will confirm through SMS that your account is ready for Derby!

Is there really that much demand for the Kentucky Derby?

Yes! Events start Thursday and carry through Sunday. Louisville sees more requests after the Kentucky Derby than for New Year's Eve. The difference with Derby week is that you have Thursday and Friday demand, and even Saturday morning demand that also rivals that of NYE. 

Best Places to Uber

An event like the Kentucky Derby will bring high demand all over town. If you're not familiar with the area, however, refer to the map below for the best places to drive. Red = highest demand during Derby Week.  

Derby Daily

Check back often for our daily guides to making the most of your Derby Week earnings.





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Maximize Time Online

All events are at Churchill Downs unless otherwise noted


Thursday, May 5th

Thurby | 11:00am - 5:00pm

Taste of Derby | 7:00pm - 11:00pm


Friday, May 6th

Pre-Kentucky Oaks Morning Rush | 8:00am - 1:00pm

Post-Kentucky Oaks Evening Rush | 5:00pm - 2:00am


Saturday, May 7th

Pre-Derby Morning Rush | 8:00am - 1:00pm

Post-Derby Evening Rush | 6:00pm - 3:00am

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