Derby Season Barn and Backside Tour

Keepsake booklet included for all guests

Nothing compares to visiting the Backside of Churchill Downs in the weeks leading up to the Kentucky Derby! You never know who you may see – a legendary Derby trainer or the next Triple Crown winner.

On this guided van tour, you’ll be surrounded by Thoroughbreds, trainers, exercise riders, hot walkers – everything that brings this vibrant community to life. Your tour guide will point out the signature green-roofed barns where Thoroughbreds are housed in preparation for the “Run for the Roses.” And be on the lookout for the iconic yellow saddle cloths that adorn this year’s Derby Contender stalls. Have your camera ready for panoramic views of the racetrack, Grandstand, and the historic Twin Spires™.

This is a great tour for horse lovers, but please note that guests will not be able to touch the horses or enter the shed rows.

During the 7:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. tour slots, you’ll get to see Thoroughbreds training on the track as you stand railside along the backstretch.

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Experience Times

  • April 22, 2023 – May 3, 2023
  • Multiple time slots throughout the day
  • All times are in Eastern Daylight Time

Experience Details

  • 1 hour
  • $95 per guest for the 7:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. time slots
  • $85 per guest for all other time slots
  • Maximum of 8 guests per tour
  • Guests must be at least 8 years old and taller than 57 inches
  • Minimal walking, however the tour includes getting in and out of a vehicle and a few stairs
  • Each guest receives a keepsake booklet
  • Includes General Admission to the Museum and a viewing of the epic 360° film, “The Greatest Race”

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