Day At The Track

Plenty on offer on Kentucky Derby day

03:20 AM 24 Apr 2019 NZST
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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - On Saturday, May 4th, join Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment - for an exciting day and night of simulcast & live racing action, including the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs.

Grandstand doors open at 9:00 am with free parking and free admission. With a full day of racing guests can enjoy a delicious lunch in the second floor Gallery. The $39.95 Derby themed lunch buffet begins at 11:30 am. Dishes include sides and starters like mashed sweet potatoes, home-made mac & cheese, freshly baked corn bread, and sweet & spicy chicken wings, entrees like roasted chicken, beef sliders and BBQ ribs, and assorted pastries and cookies for dessert. For reservations call 201-THE-BIG-M (201-843-2446).

All day, enjoy Woodford Reserve bourbon, the "Official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby," and bourbon specials including mint juleps along with Grey Goose in the K-Derby cocktail for $10. Each specialty drink is served in an official commemorative 2019 Kentucky Derby glass.

Ladies are welcome to express their fashion sense and style by entering the $1,000 Derby Hat Contest with no boundaries on how over-the-top the headwear can go. The most creative hat wins the $500 grand prize. Sign up between 2:00pm to 4:45pm with the judging at 5:00pm in the Winner's Circle.

Plus all guests over 18 years of age can enter the $100 Derby Win Wager contest. Ten lucky contestants will be selected to place a $100 win wager on any horse of their choice in the Kentucky Derby. Entry forms are available in the Derby program and at the Player's Club desk.

After the Derby, guests are welcome to enjoy a night of live harness racing at the Meadowlands with the first post time set for 7:15pm.

Pink, the tiered dining room with perfect views of the live racing action, will feature a few Southern inspired options on the $54.95 buffet created by Executive Chef Dennis Sammarone. Pink will open at 4:30 pm and reservations are strongly recommended as space is extremely limited. To reserve a table call 201-THE-BIG-M (201-843-2446).

Prizes continue into the night with ten $100 win wagers on live harness racing, the ten contestants will be selected throughout the night. Entry forms are available in the live racing program and at the Player's Club desk.

Fans can also participate in the Horseplayer Car Giveaway by picking up a FREE horse to toss at the Players Club desk or Horseplay table in front of the Winner's Circle. Participants attempt to throw their numbered horse into the window of a moving car. A winner, randomly chosen from all the horses that make it into the car, will receive a $100 betting voucher. Each night's winner will be entered into a grand prize drawing to win a brand new 2019 Toyota C-HR on, Friday, August 2. After the horse toss each night, children get to pick up all the horses left on the track and receive a FREE ice cream from The Cafe'.

For every horse that makes it into the Horseplay car, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment donates $10 to the designated monthly charity. The 2019 May donation recipient is A Lot to Grow:
The 2019 June donation recipient is Humane Society of Bergen County Lost Pet, Inc:
The 2019 July/August donation recipient is Horse Rescue United -

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Reminder, you must be 18+ to enter wager on racing and enter any promotions. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-Gambler.


Rachel Ryan

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