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Home of the famous diner, gift shop and more across from Churchill Downs!

Wagner's Pharmacy

Our Story

“Wagner’s is Churchill Downs; Churchill Downs is Wagner’s.” That sentiment, or something close to it, is echoed by almost everyone who walks in the joint — both regulars from the old school of horse racing and first-timers there to join the club, if only for a day. “It’s history is written all over the walls. You’ll find a collage of past Derby winners along with famous figures that graced the pharmacy’s fountain throughout the years.” What started out as a low-key meeting spot for coffee and conversation among horsemen, was eventually “discovered” by the mainstream media and now has been written about by everyone from the Los Angeles Times to Southern Living to local TV news crews. Wagner’s has also appeared in the major motion pictures, Elizabethtown, and Secretariat. It’s become another stop for out-of-towners in the whirlwind of activity that is Derby Week, but through it all has retained its unassuming, down-to-earth character. Wagner’s opened in 1922 when Leo Wagner bought Hagen’s Pharmacy on the northeast corner of Fourth Street and Central Avenue, where he worked since he was 14. Threatened by the presence of another newly opened pharmacy on the block, Wagner looked for a market to corner — finding it at Churchill Downs. He let the horsemen buy their cigarettes and other weekly staples on credit and generated a friendship and loyalty that has lasted for three generations. Wagner's continues to serve their diner patrons breakfast and lunch with a nostalgic gift shop. Our partner company Becker & Durski creates customized turf goods items such as jockey silks, saddle towels, blankets and blinkers. We also perform screen printing, sublimation and embroidery on retail items with personal logos. Contact us for more info!

Featured Products

Delivery & Returns

Items can be purchased or picked up in store. Gift shop or customized items can be shipped to anywhere in the US.

Payment Info

We accept all major debit and credit cards through our site.
Restaurant and gift shop items sold in person accepts cash, debit and credit cards. For online orders, please submit payment via debit or credit cards.

Contact Us

Contact Wagner's Pharmacy for any restaurant and gift shop questions. Becker & Durski is our sibling company for all turf good products.
Our address
3113 S 4th Street Louisville, KY 40214
Open hours
Restaurant Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 8AM- 2:30PM Sunday 10AM- 2:00PM Becker & Durski Turf Goods Hours: Monday-Friday 10AM-4PM 502-375-0001
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Becker & Durski Turf Goods

Becker & Durski began in the late 1800's when Charles Becker and Matthew Durski learned how to sew leather goods. Their business grew to a storefront location on Market Street providing quality saddles. They sold the company to Charles Griffin who moved the storefront to South Fourth Street. In 1965, Lee Wagner, II purchased Becker & Durski to expand their services to local horsemen. Today we strive to continue providing quality products like jockey silks, saddle towels, blinkers and more. We offer customized services such as sublimation, embroidery and screen printing on products outside of our turf goods catalog. Contact us to place your order!
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News

Wagner's Pharmacy Inc and Becker & Durski Turf Goods have a long history serving the equine community. Wagner's Pharmacy Articles- https://www.wdrb.com/wdrb-in-the-morning/wagners-pharmacy-and-restaurant-has-been-celebrating-derby-week-for-close-to-100-years/article_18a1bc74-a76c-11eb-8dbf-2ff73b371665.html https://www.wdrb.com/meet-some-famous-trainers-at-wagners-pharmacy/video_6ab71323-3acb-5781-adea-2f5863aa61f7.html https://therail.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/02/the-best-spot-for-one-stop-shopping/ https://voice-tribune.com/_/news/cover-story/wagners-legacy/ https://www.lex18.com/sports/race-to-the-derby/wagners-pharmacy-a-tasty-tradition Becker & Durski Turf Goods Articles- https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/makers-mark-1991-kentucky-derby-1738562254 https://www.courier-journal.com/picture-gallery/sports/horses/triple/derby/2017/05/04/jockey-silks-and-horse-racing-history/101275154/ https://www.upi.com/Archives/1986/04/29/Silk-maker-outfits-Derby-stars/1224515131200/