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"Florida's Biggest Kentucky Derby Party” Returns to Calder on Saturday, May 5

Tags: Calder News, Churchill Downs, hat contest, horse racing, Kentucky Derby, mint juleps, party | April 20, 2012

While the taste of mint juleps, the sight of flashy hats, and the sounds of top-flight thoroughbred racing seem synonymous with a trip to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby, those south Floridian racing fans unable to make the trip north for this year’s “Run for the Roses” can treat their senses to similar delights as Calder Casino & Race Course hosts “Florida’s Biggest Kentucky Derby Party” on Saturday, May 5.

In addition to a full afternoon of live racing, with first post at 12:55 p.m., Calder will offer a plethora of dining, entertainment, and simulcast wagering options throughout the day, leading right up to the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby, scheduled to go off at approximately 6:24 p.m.

The racing action won’t be limited to equines, as a full field of media celebrities will assemble on the Calder main track for the inaugural “Calder Media Foot Race for Charity,” a 100-yard dash from the starting gate to the finish wire in which each media celebrity is competing on behalf of a chosen charity.  Calder will make a $2,500 donation to each media celebrity’s chosen charity.

High-end dining choices will be available in two locations on Derby Day, with the fifth-floor Turf Club presenting an extravagant “Buffet of Derby Classics” from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. for just $37.95, and the Clubhouse dining area on the fourth floor offering a buffet as well for $25.  Advance reservations for both dining rooms are highly recommended.

For those racing fans looking to enjoy a more casual food and drink experience, the trackside area at Calder will feature an afternoon of live music, succulent barbecue, and all-day drink specials, including mint juleps. There will also be a Derby Hat contest, with great prizes awarded for these categories: Most Stylish, Most Unique, Biggest, and Best Overall.

And for those fans coming out to Calder strictly to handicap and bet on the races, full-card simulcast wagering will be available on the entire stakes-laden Churchill Downs program, along with a day of live racing at Calder, and full-card simulcasting from other racing venues across North America.

General parking and admission to Calder Casino & Race Course are free. Again, reservations for the Turf Club and for Clubhouse dining on Kentucky Derby Day are highly encouraged. Reserved box seating packages are also available. For more information, or to make reservations, call (305) 625-7227.

Calder Casino & Race Course, located on South Florida’s Miami-Dade / Broward county line, offers gaming action with over 1,200 slot machines in the Calder Casino, Thoroughbred horse racing during two consecutive meets, year-round simulcasting, and live poker games in Studz Poker Club.  Calder is a wholly owned property of Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN).  Information about Calder Casino & Race Course can be found on the Internet at and