Backstretch Workout Tour

Monday through Saturday

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.

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Backstretch Workout Tour Times

  • Monday - Saturday during the racing and training season
    7:00 a.m.
  • All times are in Eastern Daylight Time

Backstretch Workout Tour Details

  • 2 hours

  • $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.

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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
September, 2021

Highly recommend!

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
December, 2022

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