12/21/2009 12:00AM

Derby and Oaks tickets to go on sale Jan. 6


Three weeks after a computer glitch led to a postponement, Churchill Downs will begin selling ticket packages to the 2010 Kentucky Derby and Oaks, officials with the Louisville, Ky., track announced Monday.

A total of 3,000 seats for both days will go on sale Jan. 6 at noon Eastern on the website tickets.churchilldowns.com. The online sales by Churchill, the first in Derby history, were scheduled to begin last Wednesday, Dec. 16, but a "potential data error," as track officials described it, caused the delay.

Track president Kevin Flanery said in a media release that the potential data error "has been erased . . . we truly appreciate our patrons' patience as we worked through this process."

The 136th Derby is set for May 1, the day after the 136th Oaks is run.