The Kentucky Derby is one of the premiere events in all sports. The yearly horse race is just as iconic as World Cup, Indianapolis 500, Super Bowl, Wimbledon, the Olympics and The Masters.
May 5th will be the next running of the Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. It’s a chance for rich people to wear fancy dresses and outlandish hats and place $1,000 bets on the ponies.
The other 51 Saturdays at Churchill Downs does have races without the pageantry. The other weekdays, the place becomes a ghost town which you can walk through without any barriers. There is OTB operating in the concourse, but it’s best just ignore that lot.
As you can see, if you’re the only soul around like I was, you’ll get a sense of what it’s like to be the last person of earth. Gone are the horses, the crowd and the energy. Without all the mass of humanity, you see that Churchill Downs is a far less glamorous than you see of TV.
I’ve been to Happy Valley Race Course during the races and it’s a over-whelming experience. Being at Churchill abandoned, feels like being left out of the party.
Nevertheless, if you’re curious about what it’s like, feel free to park and walk around for 5-10 minutes. You can pretend that The Rapture happened and they left you out.