The Real Cost of Attending the Kentucky Derby

By Bloomberg Rankings - 2012-05-03T16:31:25Z

Photograph by Luke Sharrett/The New York Times via Redux

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Kentucky Horse Country

Many of the notable breeding farms in Kentucky aren't in Louisville but a 90-minute drive away in Lexington. For $40, Thoroughbred Heritage Horse Farm Tours offers a guided three-hour tour of race courses and farms where champion thoroughbreds are born, raised and trained. Blue Grass Tours adds in some lessons on bourbon making with its $75-per-person "Horses, Hooch, and History Tour."