Barn and Backside Van Tour

March 25 thru November 30, excluding Derby season

This is your opportunity to experience areas of the Backside of Churchill Downs Racetrack and see Thoroughbreds in their environment that are closed off to the general public; available only to Museum guests!

On any given day of training, visitors could see a 2-year-old in line to win next year’s Derby, a 9-year-old nearing retirement or the Derby winner themselves. Along with more than 1,400 stalls, catch horses during a bath and learn about life at the track! Van stops will also accommodate for picture-taking trackside (time and weather permitting). Please note that guests must be escorted by a tour guide at all times and will not be allowed inside of barn(s).

Guests taking part in the 7:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. tours also have the best chance to see Thoroughbreds in training on the track! Workouts end daily at 10 am.

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