From the sounds of it, Bodemeister and Union Rags will slug it out for a win at the 138th Kentucky Derby on Saturday at Churchill Downs in Louisville. But you needn't go all the way to Kentucky to watch. Las Vegas is light on derby traditon but heavy on the mint juleps -- and the betting. Here are some picks for spending derby day in Las Vegas.
If you haven't been following the horses all year, Vegas Chatter offers five simple tips ("We mostly play exactas!") to get you started. Wannabe winners can be in on the action by betting as little as $1 or $2. Post time will be about 3:30 p.m. Pacific time on Saturday.
For more tips, attend a free handicapping seminar before the big race at 5 p.m. today (Friday) at Lucky's Race & Sports Book inside the Riviera Hotel & Casino. Place a $20 wager and receive an official Kentucky Derby mint julep glass for free. Lucky's opens early for bets at 7 a.m. today and Saturday.
Many casinos as well as race and sports books will be having derby day goings-ons. The El Cortez Hotel and Casino on Fremont Street is hosting a viewing party in the Fiesta Room from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. You can watch pre-race festivities as well as the final showdown. Drinks cost $1 for Budweiser drafts and $2 Bloody Marys. And again, a $20 bet scores a souvenir Kentucky Derby glass.