The 2019 Ram 1500 Kentucky Derby Edition has Plenty of Room for Giant Hats
You might not know this, but this year marks the ninth anniversary of Ram paying to be the official truck of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby. Tradition would suggest celebrating with a gift of pottery, but instead, Ram created a special Kentucky Derby Edition pickup truck. That sounds like a better anniversary present to us, even if Ram could have added a few more Kentucky Derby-specific touches.
Built using a loaded Ram 1500 Limited, the Kentucky Derby Edition gets “Run for the Roses” fender graphics and not much else. It’s only available as a crew cab with a 67-inch bed, but both 4×2 and 4×4 versions can be ordered, and it comes in six different colors. Premium leather seats are included, as are other Limited features such as a 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a four-corner air suspension, and power-retracting running boards.
Only 2,000 copies of the 2019 Ram 1500 Kentucky Derby Edition will be built, and they’re on sale now with a starting price of $57,325 including destination.
Sadly, other than the fender graphic, there isn’t much that sets the Kentucky Derby Edition apart from a regular Ram 1500 Limited. It doesn’t even come with a commemorative bottle of Woodford Reserve. Where are the seersucker-trimmed seats? The special set of mint julep cups and in-bed cooler? The pastel pink, key lime, and citron paint options?
We see a lot of missed opportunities here, but at least the crew cab is spacious enough to accommodate even the largest of floppy hats.