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“Timing is everything” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs
Ranked #4 of 168 things to do in Louisville
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Owner description: This beautiful racetrack has been the home of the Kentucky Derby since 1875.
Mt. Vernon
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127 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Timing is everything”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2012

If you enjoy huge crowds and events, the Kentucky Oaks or the Kentucky Derby are for you. If you prefer a quieter day at the races (where you can actually place a bet, get a beverage, or use the bathroom without waiting in line for 30 minutes), the huge events should be avoided like the bubonic plague. To truly enjoy the track and it's facilities, it's best to go on a normal race day.

Visited June 2011
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Louisville, Kentucky
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“Don't miss Churchill Downs”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2012

I love to go to Churchill Downs as it is a beautiful place, pleasant atmosphere and if you like horse races, this is the place to be. The Sunday Brunch has tasty dishes and after brunch you can enjoy the races inside or outside on the terrace. Anytime that we have out of town visitors, they ask about Churchill Downs and we like to show it off to them. Have to admit that I have never attended The Derby, but I am sure that it is a great experience.

Visited May 2012
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New York City, New York
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“Really fun day for the family”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2012

Definitely make reservations for indoor dining -- it's not very expensive and the air-condition is a welcome relief from the heat. You can see the race from the large windows and enjoy a meal at the same time.

Visited May 2012
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NJ
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“Tour and Races”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2012

The kids loved it! They were so nice to us there! The tour was great and the races were a blast. A must see!

Visited May 2012
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Louisville, KY
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“It's where it's at!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2012

Churchill's remodel in 2002 was much needed but further removes some of it's character. It's still a spectacle for the horse racing industry and something everyone should experience come derby time, but for true beauty and appreciation of the sport, if you visit the area, make sure and visit Keenland. It's beautiful!

Visited May 2012
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