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Batavia Downs announces Derby Day party plans

03:44 AM 22 Mar 2019 NZDT
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Batavia, NY --- Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel have announced their plans for a second Kentucky Derby party to be held on Saturday (May 4). A total of three parties will take place onsite.

The party announced today will run from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the new Batavia Downs Gaming Park Place Event Center (formerly known as the Paddock Room). This party has seen over 600 attendees for the past several years and looks to grow that number in May with the new Superfecta Deal. Patrons will receive their choice of a variety of meals, $15 in Free Play on the gaming floor (once one point is earned), a $5 wager on the Derby, a program and a commemorative Kentucky Derby glass. The package price is just $20.

There will be $5 Mint Julep specials that include a Derby glass as well as samplings from Black Button Distilling and Angry Orchard. Many big screen televisions will show the races and there will be mutuel clerks available to take wagers.

The 2nd Annual Derby Gala (which was announced last month) will take place in the Batavia Downs Gaming Grandstands Banquet Room on the second floor. Tickets went on sale in February for that event at and at the Lucky Treasures Gift Shop at the entrance of the gaming floor and half of those tickets have already been sold.

Admission for the Derby Gala at the Downs is $75 per person and proper attire is required. Patrons will receive an open bar from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and admission includes grazing stations, a $10 wager on the Derby, $25 in Free Play and a Free Derby Program.

The Gala also includes a best dressed contest and best hat contest which will take place and offer prizes from the Hotel at Batavia Downs and Four Roses Bourbon.

The third party, taking place inside of "34 Rush" will offer samplings from Woodford Reserve Bourbon and Blue Moon. Patrons may place Derby wagers using self-service terminals located there. The $5 Mint Julep/commemorative Derby glass special will also be available.

The Downs Simulcast Center located on the second floor will also be available for wagering. Prize drawings for Derby T-shirts and glasses will take place there beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Rooms at the Hotel at Batavia Downs are already sold out, but other local hotels have availability and a shuttle will be running that day to take patrons from those venues to Batavia Downs beginning at 3p.m. instead of the usual 5 p.m.

"We're looking forward to another great day of parties surrounding our Kentucky Derby events," said Todd Haight, Director/General Manager of Racing at Batavia Downs Gaming. "The success of the Derby Gala last year adds to the already tremendous day of wagering and entertainment that our guests have come to expect at Batavia Downs. Based on the recent Kentucky Derby prep-races, this year's Run for the Roses seems more wide open than ever."

For questions and inquiries regarding additional information please contact Ryan Hasenauer, Batavia Downs Gaming Public Relations, at 585-343-3750 ex 6308.



Tim Bojarski
COB - United States Harness Writers Association
Hoof Beats Magazine Columnist
Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts Publicist
Plainridge Park Publicist
Batavia Downs Publicist and Track Handicapper
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