Black Heritage in Racing Tour

Saturdays, on non-racing days

African Americans have played an integral role throughout the history of the Kentucky Derby and Thoroughbred racing. You’ll discover some of the most important African American figures in horse racing - from the jockey only known as Simon to two-time Derby winner Jimmy Winkfield. Visit locations throughout Churchill Downs that help share their incredible legacy while also exploring how African American trainers, horse owners, and jockeys continue shaping the future of racing today.

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Black Heritage in Racing Tour Times

  • Saturdays, on non-racing days
    1:00 p.m.
  • All times are in Eastern Daylight Time

Black Heritage in Racing Tour Details

  • 90 minutes

  • $35 per person

  • Approximately 4.8 furlongs of walking (.6 miles)

  • All ages

  • 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.


Important Information for Your Tour

A new experience at the Kentucky Derby Museum!

My husband and I were given passes to the Black Heritage in Racing Tour. While the tour ended inside the Museum, which allows you to visit this extraordinary space, the tour itself is on the Churchill Downs grounds. We visited the paddock, 4th floor Stakes Room, finish line, Twin Spires and other sections. Our tour guide was fantastic! She was as energetic and shared interesting information. Her passion about the jockeys and the conditions they faced was evident.

— Lorie L., Louisville, KY
October, 2021

Black Heritage in Racing Collection