Miranda Lambert took her bachelorette party to the Kentucky Derby in 2011. The race was less than two weeks before the singer would say "I do" to Blake Shelton, so she and the girls found the biggest hats they could and spent time cheering for the horses at Churchill Downs.

With Nashville being a short three-hour drive up I-65 to Louisville, Ky., it's an attractive weekend trip for many. Some, like George Strait, Travis Tritt and Kid Rock, practically have their own seat in the celebrity suites at the racetrack. Of course, many avoid the photographers, choosing instead to sneak in the back door to bet on the horses in private.