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Where is the Kentucky Derby Held?

Where is the Kentucky Derby Held? by Reinier Macatangay: Kentucky Derby 142 will be held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky on May 7. First opened in 1875, Churchill Downs has been a long-lasting attraction of this city.

Where is the Kentucky Derby?

Kentucky Derby 142 will be held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky on May 7. First opened in 1875, Churchill Downs has been a long-lasting attraction of this city.
Photo: Coady Photography

According to the official website, “The track was constructed on eighty acres of land that Clark leased from his uncles, John and Henry Churchill, approximately three miles south of downtown Louisville.”

Churchill Downs is not located far from Louisville International Airport. Racetrack-goers can simply find Interstate 264 West and exit on 3rd St. while turning right. After a few blocks, the racetrack is visible on the left side. After turning left on Central Ave., various parking options, including unauthorized ones, will show up.

Louisville in general is an eclectic city with a small-town feel.

As for other tourist attractions, visitors gravitate towards downtown, which offers an exciting nightlife at 4th Street Live!, one of the main attractions of Louisville. Readers who never visited 4th Street before might expect a smaller, condensed version of the famous Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas. Give the scene a chance!

Also, on the east side of town are two upscale shopping centers: the St. Matthews and Oxmoor Mall. Once visitors are done shopping, they can simply use the conveniently located Interstate 264 West (right in-between the two malls) in order to find their way back to Churchill. Keep driving past the airport, and the proper exit will appear.

More adventurous travelers will want to drive roughly 70 miles east on Interstate 64 towards Lexington, where famous retired horses live at the various farms located around the area. While not all farms welcome visitors, a safe bet would be Old Friends Farm, which is reliant on visitors (expect to pay a $10 entrance fee).

All roads lead back to Churchill Downs during Derby Week though. The historic racetrack is surrounded by a friendly neighborhood. Younger fans in search of the right university might wish to visit the University of Louisville next door. In addition, a Starbucks is conveniently located on the east side of 3rd St., south of the school.

Churchill Downs Founder Colonel Meriwether Lewis Clark, “attended the Epsom Derby in England, which sparked his ambition to create a spectacle horse racing event in America.” Thus, Churchill Downs was born.

The most unique feature of the facility is the Twin Spires, which were built in 1895 and “sits atop the grandstand and has become the universally recognized symbol for Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby.”

So much important history has happened under the Twin Spires.

Those wishing to become a part of history should visit the Twin Spires and attend Kentucky Derby in person, if not this year, then next year. Coming to Louisville and experiencing Churchill Downs is an unforgettable experience.

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