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The History of Churchill Downs

The greatest horse race in the United States has an impressive story to tell

While in Louisville, Kentucky, Molly McKinney got a tour of the rich history of Churchill Downs at the Kentucky Derby Museum. View artifacts from the 145+ year story of the Churchill Downs and the most popular horse races in the world. Explore the interactive displays. Find out how many women jockeys rode in the race for the roses. View a 360º film called The Greatest Race.

Molly got to go behind the scenes to see some of the pieces not shown to the public. One of them is the only solid gold sports trophy given out in the United States to the winner of the 1969 race.

The museum also offers a guided Historic Walking Tour as part of the experience. The tour lasts 30 minutes that goes from the paddock to the grandstands covering more of the history of Churchill Downs.

The Museum closes on the Thursday through Saturday of Derby weekend, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. Tickets can be purchased here.

Related Topic: Another long standing tradition associated with the Kentucky Derby are the incredible hats. Find out more about Southern Belle hats here.

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