As fans line up to place their bets at Internet sites, here’s a post-Christmas gift your horse racing-loving spouse is sure to love.

Tickets to the 2010 Kentucky Derby. Of course, you’ll have to wait until Jan. 6 to buy them.

But  finally, they will go on sale, three weeks after a computer screw up.

Churchill Downs is at last selling ticket packages to the Derby and Kentucky Oaks.

A total of 3,000 seats for both days will go on sale. You can buy them at

The online sales by Churchill, the first in Derby history, were scheduled to begin 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.

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