There will be special live racing Friday plus a simulcast of the $1,000,000 Kentucky Oaks. Live race post time will be 1:25 pm. Advanced wagering on the Kentucky Derby will be available.
Saturday starts early, with gates opening at 7:00 am and the first simulcast from Churchill Downs set for 7:30 am. Live race post is 11:35 am. Kentucky Derby post time is 3:25 pm.
Sunday’s closing day’s will offer free Grandstand admission and a first post of 1:25 pm.
Derby Day Saturday
America’s most famous horse race, the Kentucky Derby, will be simulcast live at Turf Paradise on to all its 60 in-state Off Tracks Betting sites.
On track, the first 5,000 fans will receive a free commemorative Kentucky Derby glass, listing all the previous Derby winners. A free Family Fun Park for the kids will feature multiple bounce inflatables and face painters.
Mint Juleps, the traditional Derby beverage, will be offered.
Sunday’s $30,000 Hasta La Vista
At one and seven-eights miles, the Hasta La Vista, is one of the longest turf races in America. A field of eight will line up, including last year’s winner Blue Bomber and race runnerup Pacific Nights.
Blue Bomber, who will be ridden by regular rider Natasha Coddington, is coming off a win and a new stakes record in the one mile and three-eights Wildcat Handicap. The 6-year-old’s strength is to go to the front and make others tire trying to catch him. The tactic resulted in a neck victory last year. Blue Bomber is the only entrant to have won at the distance.
Pacific Nights has not won since February 28 of 2016 when he defeated Blue Bomber at 7 ½ furlongs on the turf.
$30,000 Spring Futurity
The co-featured stakes has attracted a full field of 12 2-year-olds, divided among seven fillies and five colts and geldings, for the 5-furlong sprint. All 12 have made their maiden start with three of those winning their debuts.
The most impressive winner of the three was the Kevin Eikleberry-trained filly Squeeze Me, who won her maiden race by 6 ½ lengths over eight rivals.