Horse Racing History at Wagner’s Pharmacy in Louisville


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Wagner’s Pharmacy in Louisville, Kentucky has been a favorite of locals and out-of-towners since 1922. Wagner’s Pharmacy becomes an even more popular meeting spot for all walks of life during horse racing season.

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This dining gem has grown in popularity due to it’s close location to Churchill Downs and national exposure from media outlets. Reporters and racing writers have enjoyed meals and cups of coffee at this spot for years during the weeks leading up to the Kentucky Derby.

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The walls inside Wagner’s Pharmacy tell a story of horse racing admiration and of a close connection to the racing industry.

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The waitstaff at Wagner’s Pharmacy serves up southern hospitality along with great comfort food. You could tell that many of the customers during our visit had been regulars for years.

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I opted for the classic southern comfort food of biscuits and gravy.

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My boys ordered pancakes that were huge!

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My husband opted for the omelette.  the food and hospitality was so tasty and made you feel right at home.

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After your meal you can check out the pharmacy located in the back.

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On our way out our waitress gave each of my boys a horseshoe. She said that someone at the track drops them off pretty often to give away.

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Our visit to Wagner’s Pharmacy was the perfect way to begin our adventure in learning about horse racing in Louisville.


You can find out more about Wagner’s Pharmacy from their website.


Wagner’s Pharmacy is located at 3113 S 4th St, Louisville, KY 40214.

“A goal is a dream with a deadline”- The running tab for 2012

I had a sleepless night followed by a sleepless morning so I decided I would commit to print some of the experiences that I hope to try this next year and beyond.

In snow

Snowshoeing 1/20/12

Cross country skiing

Luge track 1/15/12

Dog sledding 1/28/12 drove the dog sled

Tobogganing track



Hot yoga class 1/4/12

Anti gravity yoga class

Attend moms hockey practice 1/17/12

Run a marathon- hesitant to write that one down

Adult hip hop class

Belly dancing class



Paint your own picture with a group class

Blow glass art

Make pottery

Create something for Art Prize in honor of my mom

Meet regularly with friends to make something from Pinterest


Specific places

City Musuem in St. Louis

Go up in St. Louis Arch

Visit world’s largest treehouse in TN

Take pictures with Superman at Metropolis,IL

Indoor Zipline at Mega Cavern in Louisville,KY


Gangster tour in Newport,KY

Fair Oaks Dairy Adventure

Haiti for a humanitarian trip


Not specific places

Winery tour where I can also stomp the grapes

Brewery tour

Nascar ridealong experience

Ride in a pace car

Watch a drag race

Go to an unexpectant destination for vacation (went to DC and stopped by Philly and Baltimore for a day to explore)

Trip to a destination riding on a train


Be an extra in a movie 1/14/12

Amish buggy tour ride

Ride in a Zorb ball

Regularly volunteer at an organization that assists the poor (started volunteering before we moved)



Kentucky Derby

Watch a Civil War Muster

Host a street party to get to know my neighbors


In or On Water

Try rowing

White water rafting


Cable wake boarding

Sailing on a smaller sail boat where I have to help


Fan boat ride

Scuba lesson

Swim with a dolphin or manatee or both

Tallship ride

Group speedboat ride

Underground Cave Boat Tour Bowling Green,KY

Jump on a blob



Shark cage experience



Shoot clay pigeons

Try lacrosse

Watch a boxing match 2/4/11

Indoor Sky Dive


Participate in a mudrace

Successfully find a geocache

Play a game of frisbee golf 1/8/12



Zipline Canopy Tour

Segway Tour in a big city

Hot air Balloon ride

Fly in a small plane



Progressive dinner with friends or at several restaurants

Dinner in the Dark (blindfolded meal)

Eat at least one restaurant listed on Man vs. Food and Diners and Dive and Drive ins ( maybe even try a spicy food challenge..maybe)

Sushi making class

Pasta making class

Wine tasting class

Grow an herb garden

Make one new recipe a week (….baby steps)


new additions

improv show 1/7/12

intro to curling class 1/19/12

So here is the start of the running tab. I reserve the right to add to the list as my curiosity continues to become aware of new places and experiences to try. Some are way more ambitious than others, but I figured I might as well go with the quote “shoot for the moon and if you miss you are still among the stars” Travel wise I would love to go all over the world but gotta start a little smaller.The list could really go on and on…….this is just scratching the surface . So I guess this is my start but I don’t ever want to stop adding.


Remember a “Goal is dream with a deadline.” Don’t let time get away from your dreams.

“If you want to do something bad enough, you will find a way, if not you find an excuse.”


What’s on your list? What should I add to mine? Who wants to join me?