The Real Cost of Attending the Kentucky Derby

By Ben Steverman - 2013-05-02T19:33:55Z

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 in Lexington, a 90-minute drive away. For $34, Thoroughbred Heritage Horse Farm Tours offers a guided three-hour tour of racecourses and farms where champion thoroughbreds are born, raised and trained. Blue Grass Tours throws in bourbon-making lessons with its $75-per-person Horses, Hooch, and History tour.