Experience the thrill of a race day at Churchill Downs! Have a one-of-a-kind experience that takes you to the Backside of the track to view the Thoroughbreds’ morning workout before enjoying a spectacular lunch at one of Churchill Downs’ exclusive dining areas. You’ll be transported under the racetrack and through the famous Infield tunnels to see how trainers and horses alike prepare for “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.” Horses warm-up, cool down, and speed along the backstretch as you watch from the viewing platforms used by Derby-winning trainers. Be sure to capture the incredible panoramic views of the Grandstand and historic Twin Spires™!
Next, you’ll walk through the Paddock where horses are saddled prior to every race at Churchill Downs. Your guide will share stories of the legendary Derby winners whose names encircle the Courtyard as you return to the Museum. Be immersed in the excitement of Derby Day while viewing our epic 360° film, “The Greatest Race.” Then your Guide will escort you to the Grandstand where your tour will conclude in one of Churchill Downs’ fine dining locations such as the Roses Lounge, Skye Terrace, or even Millionaire’s Row*! Enjoy the delicious Chef’s buffet as you prepare for the Thoroughbred racing experience! Your guide will stay for the first race of the day to share the ins and outs of what you see happening on the track. Then you are free to stay and enjoy an exciting afternoon of racing or return to the Museum to explore two floors of interactive exhibits!
*Areas are subject to change based on availability.
Wednesday through Saturday on select racing days
Select Race Days - Fall 2021
4 hours plus lunch and live racing
$150 per person
Includes a buffet lunch in one of Churchill Downs’ fine dining locations overlooking the track
Maximum of 6 guests
There is a Track Casual dress code for this tour. Jackets and blazers optional, vests, shirts with collars, sweaters, dresses, pantsuits, dress jeans and slacks are appropriate, as are golf shorts, dress shorts and capris. Worn or torn garments, halter tops, athletic wear, frayed or torn denim and midriff tops are considered inappropriate attire.
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 Go Baby Go! Race Day Experience. 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.
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 The 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.