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From party time to serious handicapping, Turfway offers Derby day options

Friday, April 23, 2010 12:00 AM
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FLORENCE, KY . . . April 23, 2010 . . . Kentucky Derby fans who head to Turfway Park on Saturday, May 1, will find a range of options for enjoying the "greatest two minutes in sports" all day long.

Those in the mood to party can choose The Biggest Derby Party in Town, with music from Naked Karate Girls, handicapping and hat contests, prizes from Pure Romance, Budweiser, and Anne Sawyer Fabulous Hats, and a chance to win a $50 wagering voucher. Traditional fare such as Kentucky Hot Brown and Mint Juleps will be available as well as other drink specials. The Biggest Derby Party in Town runs noon to 7pm on the fourth floor. Admission to the party is free.

For those who prefer reserved seats, the Homestretch restaurant offers a full buffet from Executive Chef Peter Haubi for $25 and $30, the latter at tables with individual TV monitors. Nearly 80 other screens mounted around the room allow all guests to enjoy races simulcast that day from New York, Maryland, Chicago, California, and Florida as well as from Churchill Downs.

Reservations on the fifth floor offer a heavy appetizer buffet for $13.95 and preferential seating at tables with individual TV monitors while those remain. Without the buffet, fifth floor seating is $5.

All seating in the Homestretch and the fifth floor is non-smoking. Buffet service runs 12:30 to 3:30pm.

First-floor reserved seating in Players' Row—handicapping stations with individual monitors—also is $5, with smoking and non-smoking sections available.

General admission and all other seating are free, first come-first served. Parking also is free.

Turfway's gates open at 10am, with first post from Churchill Downs at 10:30am. The 136th Kentucky Derby, scheduled to run at 6:24pm, is the 11th of 13 races from Churchill on the day.

For those who want to get their wagers in early, Turfway will accept advance wagers on the entire Derby day card on Friday, April 30.

More information is available at www.turfway.com or by calling (859) 371-0200.

Turfway Park is located at 7500 Turfway Road, I-75 at Exit 182 in Florence, Kentucky. The track opened in 1959 as Latonia Race Course and is home to the Kentucky Cup Day of Champions and the Lane's End Stakes, the latter a major prep race for the Kentucky Derby.

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