The 2018 Breeders’ Cup will be held at Churchill Downs November 2nd and 3rd when the world’s greatest Thoroughbreds will race under the historic Twin Spires! Whether visitors are coming to town for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships or just want to experience the excitement in the days leading up to the big weekend, the Kentucky Derby Museum is offering several ways for guests to be a part of it all.
From October 29th through November 1st, our 30-minute historic walking tour, included with the Museum’s general admission experience, will take on a Breeders’ Cup twist. Guests will not only take in the beauty of Churchill Downs and learn about past Derby winners, but they’ll also learn all about the Breeders’ Cup and the legendary horses that have competed in the world championship races.
Historic Walking Tours of Churchill Downs will operate October 29 through November 1, from 8:00a.m. until 5:00p.m. daily (half past every hour).
Join us to see Breeders’ Cup contenders during their morning workout! The Breeders’ Cup Workout Golf Cart & Walking Tour kicks off at 6:30 a.m. and takes you through the history, pageantry and legacy of the Churchill Downs Racetrack, the Kentucky Derby and of course, the 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
Guests will travel to the backside of Churchill Downs to enjoy an up close and personal view of the Breeders’ Cup contenders during their early morning workout, over a cup of coffee from the Trackside Kitchen. See jockeys, trainers and others at work as well as the famous barns that once were home to Thoroughbred legends like Secretariat, Barbaro and American Pharoah. Guests will also visit other exclusive areas inside historic Churchill Downs not generally open to the public. After this tour, the tour returns to the Kentucky Derby Museum, where guests will enjoy two floors of interactive exhibits that bring the extraordinary experience that is the Kentucky Derby right to you! This tour lasts two hours and includes Museum admission. It is limited to six guests and is for guests ages 10 years and up. This limited-time tour is $75 per person and runs from Monday, October 29th through Wednesday, October 31st only. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit DerbyMuseum.org.
Experience the hustle and bustle of the backside firsthand in this exclusive van and walking tour. Visitors will take a ride to the backside of the track and will head right into the action of the barn area. This exclusive tour is offered only to guests of the Museum. Tour guides, when possible, will point out and visit the barns where the Breeders’ Cup contenders are housed in preparation for world championship races. Seats are limited as guests ride in the Museum’s tour van. This tour is available the Monday, October 29th through Saturday, November 3rd of Breeders’ Cup week. Tours depart at 7AM, 8:30AM, 10AM, 11:30AM, 1PM, 2:30PM, 3:30PM For more information and to purchase advance tickets, visit DerbyMuseum.org.
Breeders’ Cup Exclusive VIP Tour (Oct. 29 & 30, Oct. 31)
Guests of this 45-minute VIP tour will learn about the history of the Breeders’ Cup and its impact on the racing industry. Led by a knowledgeable Museum curator, guests will also see artifacts and hear the stories of some the most famous Breeders’ Cup horses, including Winning Colors, Lady’s Secret and Cat Thief.
Tours will be conducted at the Kentucky Derby Museum Monday, October 29 and Tuesday, October 30 at 10:00a.m. and 12:00p.m., and on Wednesday, October 31 at 10:00a.m. For more information and to purchase advance tickets, visit DerbyMueseum.org.
The Kentucky Derby Museum is pleased to invite you for a cocktail reception with industry icon D. Wayne Lukas as the Museum unveils its brand-new wing and pays tribute to the Hall of Fame trainer for his legendary impact on the sport of Thoroughbred racing!
Mr. Lukas will be honored by the Museum and the Breeders’ Cup at this memorable event by being presented with the Breeders’ Cup Sports & Racing Excellence Award. He’ll join a distinguished list of others who have been presented with this award, including storied professional golfer Gary Player and famed sports commentator Dick Enberg.
This will also be the first time for guests to see the Kentucky Derby Museum’s $6.5 million dollar expansion, including the D. Wayne Lukas exhibit, featuring many exquisite racing and personal artifacts from his racing career and the exhibit featuring items from Hall of Fame Jockey Bill Shoemaker.
This memorable event is planned for the evening of Wednesday, October 31, from 5:00p.m. until 8:00p.m., at the Kentucky Derby Museum. A limited number of tickets are available to the public for this event. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit DerbyMuseum.org.