Race fans cheer during one of the races prior to the Kentucky Derby last year. (John Sommers II/Reuters)

The Louisiana Republican is available for mixing and mingling during the Derby weekend — for a price. An invite for a fundraiser benefitting his political action committee went out last week, urging attendees to reserve their spots quickly, since there were only a few tickets left.

We can understand why it’s such a hot ticket. A mere $5,000 gets a lucky couple clubhouse-level seats at the races, plus access to “hospitality areas.” Better hope they’re serving top-shelf bourbon. And the crown jewel of the weekend is the “Derby Dinner” with Vitter himself in downtown Louisville.

But wait, the price doesn’t include transportation or lodging, so we’re talking an even pricier getaway.

Talk about having to pony up.