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Sporting Mecca

Easily holding its own among the greatest shrines of sport in America, Churchill Downs is, of course, best known as the site of the Kentucky Derby every first Saturday in May. Even when there's not a race going down, it's a thrill to tour the track hosting "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sport" and the kickoff to the annual American Triple Crown. From the iconic twin spires to the nitty-gritty dirt, this is a hallowed venue indeed. Besides the instantly recognizable architecture and rich ambience, you can enjoy a perusal of the Kentucky Derby Museum ("where every day is Derby day"), which celebrates the legendary exploits of champion Thoroughbreds and jockeys over Churchill Downs' many decades.

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