The “Run for the Roses” on the first Saturday in May is revered as the “most exciting two minutes in sports,” and Empire City Casino (810 Yonkers Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10704) will continue its Kentucky Derby tradition on May 3 with its annual “Fancy Derby Hat Contest” and a free 2-horse exacta box wager to add to the thrills.
The first 700 Empire Club members to visit the Gotham Palace promotions booth at 4:00 PM will receive the Kentucky Derby two-horse, $2 exacta box, total wager $4 (limit one per Empire Club member).
The Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY, has traditionally been known for the fancy hats worn by Derby-goers, especially, of course, the ladies. Empire City once again hosts its annual “Fancy Derby Hat Contest” on May 3. Entrants can register between 2-4:00 PM trackside on the raceway apron wearing their finest hat. Winners picked by a blue ribbon panel will be announced at 5:00 PM. First prize is $500 CASH, second prize is $250 CASH and third prize is $100 CASH. You must be 18 years of age or older to enter; and you must be present to win. The judges will include radio personalities Debbie Nigro, host of “The Debbie Nigro Show” on WFAS; Mike Bennett, co-host of “Mike and Kacey in the Morning” on WHUD; and Joe Faraldo, President of the Standardbred Owners Association.
Empire City will also serve Triple Crown cocktail specials from Kentucky Derby Day on May 3 through the Belmont Stakes on June 7, all priced at $6, and they include: Mint Julep – Bulleit Bourbon Whiskey, sugar, mint and water in a crushed ice filled glass and garnished with a mint sprig; Black-Eyed Susan – Ketel One Vodka, St-Germain, lemon juice, lemon grass and blackberry simple syrup topped with bitters and garnished with a sage leaf; and Belmont Breeze – George Dickel Barrel Select Tennessee Whiskey, Harvey's Bristol Cream Sherry, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, orange juice and cranberry juice topped with lemon-lime soda and club soda, garnished with a mint sprig and lemon wedge.
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