Travis Kelce Excitedly Reacts to Winning His First Bet at Kentucky Derby — See the Video

May 5, 2024

The Kansas City Chiefs tight end stepped out to Churchill Downs for the famous horse race on Saturday, May 4

Travis Kelce attends the Los Angeles Premiere Of Netflix's "Quarterback" at TUDUM Theater on July 11, 2023 in Hollywood, California.

Travis Kelce is getting down at Churchill Downs.

The NFL star, 34, stepped out to the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday, May 4. He looked fittingly dapper for the iconic horse racing event in a white pinstriped double-breasted suit with a blue dress shirt and a dark colored tie. He accessorized with a feather-trimmed hat.

In a clip posted on the official Kentucky Derby Instagram account, Kelce could be seen clapping and jumping up and down as he took in the action on the race track. It seems he had a big reason to be so excited, as text over the video read, “When you show up to the Kentucky Derby and your first bet hits.”

The post was captioned: “@killatrav off to a hot start at the Kentucky Derby.”


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Late-night host Jimmy Fallon also shared a video on Instagram of his meetup with Kelce at the event. The two can be seen chatting and doing a handshake hug as Fallon — also dressed in a light suit — held a dog in his arms.


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Ahead of the equestrian event, Kelce hung out with The Chainsmokers in what appeared to be a backstage area at the musicians’ Kentucky Derby gig at the Ice House on Friday, May 3. The performance was part of the Sports Illustrated Revel at the Races concert.

In a photo posted on Alex Pall’s Instagram Stories, the athlete posed with a friend, who appeared to be retired NBA star Chandler Parsons. Kelce was also photographed inside the venue, mingling and laughing with other guests.

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - MAY 03: Travis Kelce attends Sports Illustrated Revel at the Races at Ice House on May 03, 2024 in Louisville, KentuckyTravis Kelce attends Sports Illustrated Revel at the Races in Louisville, Kentucky, on May 3, 2024.


The Kentucky Derby, established in 1875 and run annually on the first Saturday in May, is now nearly 150 years old. The event always draws a large crowd, with nearly 150,000 attending last year’s races — more than the 2024 Super Bowl, which Kelce and the Chiefs won this year.

Kelce certainly knows how to party — and according to his friend and Kansas City Chiefs teammate Patrick Mahomes, it’s almost impossible to keep up with him nowadays.

During an interview on Logan Paul’s Impaulsive podcast, Mahomes, 28, told Paul about how much harder it has been to keep up with the Kelce bros when they party now that he is a father of two.

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Mahomes said, “No, I cannot [keep up with the Kelce brothers]. I used to, I think, and then I had kids. You hear my voice now and I left early every night [when they were in Las Vegas for his charity golf tournament and gala]. … You gotta pick and choose these days.”

Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce have dinner at Waverly InnTaylor Swift and Travis Kelce.


Notably absent from the Kentucky Derby was Kelce’s girlfriend, Taylor Swift. Swift, also 34, is currently gearing up for the international leg of her blockbuster Eras Tour in Paris.

PEOPLE recently confirmed that the “Anti-Hero” singer will also not attend the Met Gala on Monday, May 6. Instead, she’ll focus on rehearsals and tour prep ahead of her upcoming Eras Tour dates. The tour resumes on May 9 in Paris and will take the superstar all over Europe for the rest of the spring and summer.