In this exclusive two-hour experience, you’ll experience the thrill of seeing Thoroughbreds working out at speeds nearing 40 miles per hour along the Backstretch of Churchill Downs. Start your morning by heading under the track to the Infield where Derby revelers have partied since the first running of the Kentucky Derby in 1875! There, you’ll take in panoramic views of the Grandstand, the historic Twin Spires™, and the green-roofed barns where the horses are stabled. Finish your morning on the Backside of the track, where nearly 1400 horses live during the racing and training season.
$100 per person
Maximum 6 guests
Guests must be at least 10 years old
While guests will be transported via golf cart for portions of this tour, please note that there is also significant walking
Includes General Admission to Museum and a viewing of our epic 360° film, “The Greatest Race”
Please note: Exciting construction projects are underway at Churchill Downs! For the safety of guests, tours may be re-routed at times.
The time you select is the departure time for your Backstretch Workout Tour. All tours depart on schedule and unfortunately, cannot be delayed for tardy or missing ticket holders. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes prior to tour departure.
When choosing a time for your tour, please make sure that if you are purchasing additional tours that the start and end times do not overlap.
Tours are conducted rain or shine. Umbrellas are prohibited for the safety of Thoroughbreds and riders on the track. In the event of rain, we suggest bringing ponchos and rain boots. Ponchos are available for purchase in Kentucky Derby Museum Store.
Please note: On rare occasions, tours are subject to change without advance notice and may be rerouted. Check our calendar to view amendments to our normal hours of operation.
All tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE. For our ticket policy, please check here.
Took the Backstretch Workout Tour. Sean was our Tour Guide. Sean was nothing short of AMAZING! He truly loves his job! He is a Derby lover that knows all of the details about the track. No matter what questions our group threw at Sean, he had a long and detailed answer!!! If you ever wanted to tour Churchill Downs & the Kentucky Derby Museum, pay the money and take the tour with Sean!!!!
— Dayla K., Yelp Review
The Backstretch Workout Tour was absolutely amazing!!! Our guide, Ferguson, was so funny and knowledgeable about everything we experienced! This is a definite bucket list item to add to your list!!! I highly recommend it!
— Amy Stewart Rummage