The 2015 Kentucky Derby takes places tomorrow in Louisville, Kentucky at Churchill Downs
American Pharoah is the favorite to win this year’s Kentucky Derby with 5-2 odds. American Pharoah is a 3-year-old Colt trained by Bob Baffert.. He is currently riding a 4-race winning streak dating back to September of last year. Dortmund, also trained by Baffert is second at 3-1 odds.
If you would rather trust puppies to tell you who to bet on this Saturday, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon had their Puppy Predictors make their picks last night. Based on this scientific experiemnt, American Pharoah will win the Kentucky Derby by about two lengths.
Puppies predict 2015 Kentucky Derby
Ahmed Zayat, owner of Zayat Stables, owns American Pharoah as well as two other horses in the Derby field. He’s hoping for his first win as an owner after having his horses finish second three different times. Zayat isan Egyptian businessman who sold his successful beer distributorship to Heineken 10 years ago when he retired. He put some of that $280 million into increasing his stake in racing horses.
This will be the 141st Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. The race has been run every year since 1875. The race can trace its roots back to William Clark of the famous Lewis and Clark expedition. It was Clark’s grandson, Meriwether Lewis Clark, Jr. that originally organized the group that built what would become Churchill Downs and started the Kentucky Derby.
Secretariat holds the record on the 1.25 mile track. His blistering 1:59.40 record set in 1973 hasn’t been threatened since 2001 and even then Monarchos only ran a 1:59.97. Those two horses are the only two to ever finish the Kentucky Derby in under two minutes.
Here are some place to watch the Kentucky Derby in St. Louis.
360 St. Louis
The fabulous space located high above St. Louis at the top of the Hilton at the Ballpark is hosting their 3rd Annual Derby Day Party. The party goes from 4-6pm and will fetaure hors d’oeuvres, Mint Juleps and Four Roses Bourbon tastings. Prizes will be given for Best Dressed and Best Hat and you’ll have the chance to pick which horse you think will win. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. It is encouraged that attendees also pre-pay for an $8 parking pass when they purchase their tickets. Proceeds benefit St. Patrick Center. Check out pictures from last year’s Derby Day Party on 360 St. Louis’s Facebook page.
Gamlin Whiskey House
Gamlin Whiskey House in the Central West End is hosting their Kentucky Derby Day Party on their patio from 1-6pm. $125 gets you a “Jockey Table” that seats four. Your table will enjoy Maker’s Mark Mint Juleps and an appetizer platter. There will also be prizes given out every half hour between 2-5 pm with a horse racing dice game. Prizes will also be awarded for Best Dressed and for the best decorated table.
(From our Weekend Events Guide earlier this week)
Join the Red Shoe Society at Bar Napoli for their Kentucky Derby Party to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis. The Red Shoe Society is bringing the VIP atmosphere of Churchill Downs to St. Louis! The event will feature southern fare, the chance to place bets on a variety of unique silent auction items, plus great networking. Attire: Blazers and jackets with pastel collared shirts and ties for men, dresses or slacks for ladies and large-brimmed, feminine or frilly hats. “Best Dressed” will be awarded. Cost is $50 Individual Attendee or $40 for Red Shoe members. Ticket includes: Kentucky Derby-themed drinks, games and contests, silent auction, and appetizers. Must be 21+ to attend.
Pitchers Sports Pub & Pizzeria
Pitchers Sports Pub in Belleville, Illinois is your place to watch the Kentucky Derby if you live on that side of the river. There isn’t a cover to get into Pitchers on Saturday but there are specials and a Best Hat Contest. The Derby staple, Mint Juleps, will be on special for $4 and Bloody Marys will be $3. There will also be beer draft and bottle specials. The winner for Best Hat will earn a pizza party for up to 50 people. check out the Pitchers Sports Pub Facebook page for more information.
The Royale – Unfortunately, This Looks Sold Out
(From our Weekend Events Guide earlier this week)
Ladies, procure your finest Derby hat and spring dresses. Gentlemen, get your seersucker suits pressed and your hats boxed. It is time to cheer on the ponies at the 10th Annual Royale Kentucky Derby Party. We have a hat contest for both the ladies and the gents. Proper Derby dress code will be enforced. A full lineup of live music is on slate w/ Tommy Halloran Quartet & The River Kittens. Mint Juleps and featured cocktails will be available at an additional satellite bar in order to keep the cheer flowing. A limited number of advance $10 tickets(4 per person) will be available starting on 4/12 at the Royale, and there will be allotted tickets available for $12 on the day of the race. Tickets sell out so get yours in advance.
St. Gabriel The Archangel Catholic Church hots its 3rd Annual Kentucky Derby Party on Satuday. $40 gets you dinner, beer, wine and Mint Juleps. Doors open at 4 pm for the 5:25 pm post time. All bets on the race have to be in by 5:10 pm. There will be a Derby Attire contest as well as a 50/50 drawing and other “games of chance”. Proceeds benefits the Support A Student program.
Hacienda (Just Added)
The Kentucky Derby falls on the second day of Hacienda’s Five Days of Cinco event and the Mexican restaurant is throwing a SaturDERBY party to celebrate. Hacienda’s take on the traditional Mint Julep, the Tres Agave Julep will be on special for $7 while shot of Don Julio Tequila will be on special for $5. The Don Julio Shot Girls will also be at Hacienda after the race, from 7:30 -8:30 pm.
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