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Derby Legends Experience

NEW DERBY SEASON

  • Daily, April 22 – May 3, 2023
  • 7:00 a.m., 2 hours in duration
  • $250 per guest, up to 6 guests per tour
  • Age & height restrictions apply

Celebrate Derby Legends while experiencing Churchill Downs like never before! Watch this year’s Derby Contenders workout, learn about Derby Legends – like Secretariat – with major milestones this year, and see the barns where they were stabled.

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Down the Stretch! Tour

NEW DERBY SEASON

  • Daily, April 22 – May 3, 2023
  • 9:00 a.m., 1 hour and 30 minutes in duration
  • $200 per guest, up to 6 guests per tour
  • Age & height restrictions apply

Get an insider’s view of horses on the track with this one-of-a-kind Derby tour! Watch the Thoroughbreds working out railside, then head to the Backside of Churchill Downs to see the horses cooling down or getting baths.

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Derby Contenders Workout Tour

DERBY SEASON

  • Daily, April 22 – May 3, 2023
  • 7:15 a.m., 1 hour and 15 minutes in duration
  • $45 per guest, up to 25 guests per tour

Kick off the excitement of Derby Season railside while watching Derby Contenders and jockeys work out! Your tour guide teaches you the ins and outs of training a Thoroughbred racehorse and what to look for with Derby 149 just around the corner.

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Derby Season Barn and Backside Tour

DERBY SEASON

  • Daily, April 22 – May 3, 2023
  • Multiple time slots available, 1 hour in duration
  • Up to 8 guests in the van
  • Prices vary per time slot, up to 8 guests per tour
  • Age & height restrictions apply

This is your chance to tour the Backside of Churchill Downs during the excitement of Derby Season. See world-class Thoroughbreds in areas that are closed to the general public, and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime view of the Twin Spires™ from the other side of the track.

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Backstretch Breakfast Tour

SPECIAL ACCESS HORSES

  • April 1, 2023 - September 4, 2023
  • Monday through Saturday during the racing and training season
  • 7:00 a.m., 2 hours
  • $100/person

Horses training on the track will take your breath away as they come thundering by. Travel to the Infield and take in incredible 360-degree views of the Racetrack and Twin Spires.  

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Barn and Backside Tour

SPECIAL ACCESS HORSES

  • Daily, April 1 - November 30, 1 hour
  • Up to 8 guests in the van
  • Prices start at $45/person
  • Age & height restrictions apply

Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime view of the Twin Spires from the other side of the track. This is your chance to take in the Backside of Churchill Downs. See Thoroughbreds in their environment in areas that are closed to the general public.

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Winter Season Barn and Backside Tour

SPECIAL ACCESS

  • Now through March 31
  • Daily, 1 hour
  • Up to 8 guests in the van
  • $45/person

Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime view of the Twin Spires from the other side of the track. This is your chance to take in the Backside of Churchill Downs. Ride past the iconic green-roofed barns that can house more than 1,400 horses, and learn about the very stall Secretariat called home at Churchill Downs.

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Bourbon and Bridles Experience

BOURBON

  • Tuesdays and Fridays, 2:00 p.m., 90 minutes
  • $100/person 
  • Adults 21+, maximum of 10 guests

Immerse yourself in two of Kentucky’s most treasured icons: Bourbon and Thoroughbreds. Enjoy a visit to Churchill Downs, a Bourbon tasting, and learn how to make a Mint Julep in this interactive experience.

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Go Baby Go! Race Day Experience

SPECIAL ACCESS HORSES

  • Returning Spring 2023
  • Wednesday through Saturday
  • 9:00 a.m., 4 hour tour + live racing
  • $175/person (Includes a buffet lunch in one of Churchill Downs’ fine dining locations overlooking the track)

Start your day as a tourist, finish it off as a spectator! This experience has it all! Explore Churchill Downs in a golf cart with your tour guide, watch Thoroughbreds train on the track, access special areas inside Churchill Downs, and enjoy a delicious meal inside Churchill Downs before taking in a day at the races!

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Hermitage Farm and Derby Museum Tour

HORSES BOURBON

  • Thursdays and Fridays
  • Shuttle service available 

Explore the best of what Kentucky has to offer. Hermitage Farm and the Kentucky Derby Museum have teamed up to show you both sides of a Thoroughbreds life– from the track to the farm.

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Guided Track Visit

HISTORY

  • Daily, half past every hour, approximately 25 minutes

Walk through the Grandstands and head to the rail of the legendary dirt track! Learn track history while you take in the sights.

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Superstars and Spires

SPECIAL ACCESS

  • Daily, non-racing days, 90 minutes
  • $40/person

“Do Derby” like a celebrity! Gain special access to the lavish areas of Churchill Downs, from private dining rooms to the exclusive balconies overlooking the famous track.

*Construction at Churchill Downs has affected this tour's route and is no longer wheelchair accessible. Click to learn more.

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Thoroughbred Workout Tour

HORSES

  • Monday through Saturday, 7:15 a.m.
  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • $40/person

Take in the sound of hooves pounding the dirt as your tour guide teaches you the ins and outs of training a racehorse and how to handicap a race.

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Ultimate Churchill Downs Tour

SPECIAL ACCESS HORSES

  • From April 1, 2023 - September 4, 2023
  • Monday through Saturday during racing and training season
  • 8:00 a.m., 4 hours
  • $150/person (includes lunch)

Watch the horses workout railside, then travel via golf cart through the Infield Tunnel to the backside and enjoy an up close view of horses, jockeys and trainers, then wrap up for lunch with unparalleled views of the Twin Spires.

*Construction at Churchill Downs has affected this tour's route and is no longer wheelchair accessible. Click to learn more.

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