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Turfway Park to Host Derby Party

Though the Kentucky Derby will be taking place about a hundred miles away in Louisville, Northern Kentucky will still be able to celebrate the Running for the Roses.

Turfway Park in Florence is hosting an all-day party on Saturday, May 4 with a simulcast of the events at Churchill Downs, the Party at the Paddock, and a free concert by local band DV8.

The Party in the Paddock begins at noon and continues to 8 p.m., with DV8 taking the stage at 2:30 p.m. Admission and parking free, and valet parking is available for $3.

Buffet reservations in the Homestretch restaurant are available at $50 per person. Reserved seating is also available for $25 in the individual handicapping stations of Players’ Row.

Turfway will also host a Derby hat contest with prizes in two categories: traditional and creative/thematic. Judging will begin at 5 p.m. A third category is reserved for children 12 years old and under, with goodie bags for all kids who enter.

Doors will open at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Wagering windows open at 10 a.m., thirty minutes before the first race from Churchill Downs. Post time for the Kentucky Derby is 6:50 p.m.

Doors and windows also open at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., respectively, on Friday, May 3, when Churchill Downs presents the Kentucky Oaks. Post time for the Oaks, the filly counterpart to the Derby, is at 6:12 p.m.

Turfway will accept advance wagers on Churchill Downs’s full Friday and Saturday cards beginning Thursday, May 2.

-Staff report