Day At The Track

It’s Kentucky Derby Day at the Downs, Y’all!

11:58 AM 28 Apr 2019 NZST
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Last year’s Run for the Roses Hat Revue winners, with the judges

A double header of live harness racing; a hat revue with 6 categories including the “Triple Crown” winning hat;  and a Champagne Brunch are all part of the biggest Kentucky Derby party north of Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono

Doors open Saturday, May 4th at 10:00 Post for the first of the double-header of live harness racing card is 11:00am.  Pacer’s Clubhouse will host a Champagne Brunch from 11:00am to 3:00pm featuring delectable Southern delicacies and Brunch favorites, by reservation only.  Call 1-888-WIN-IN-PA.  At 5:00pm, a top shelf all-you-can-eat dinner buffet will be featured, also by reservation only, and the dinner seating is almost sold out.

Ladies can proudly wear their elaborately decorated Kentucky Derby hats for the Run for the Roses Hat Revue.  All hats must be registered between 3:30pm to 5:30pm in the lobby, and the Revue takes place promptly at 5:30 p.m. in front of the Winner’s Circle with cash prizes!  Six categories will be judged, including “The Hottest Trotter” for the best horse-themed; “Most Fascinating Fascinator”; “Exquisite Elegance” for the most elegant; “Prettiest Pocono Pacer” for the most colorful; “Judge’s Choice”; and the top prize, “Triple Crown Winner”. 

A photo booth will be open at 3:00pm in the lobby for fans to capture fun moments of the day, with a $3 minimum donation to the Standardbred Retirement Foundation.  For a last-minute hat, fascinator, or accessories, stop by the Spa Sapphire Kentucky Derby Fashions in the racing lobby, open at 2:00pm.

The Trackside Concessions, bars, and the Party Tent open at 3:00PM, and of course, Mint Juleps will be available all day in the official Kentucky Derby 145 souvenir glasses! 

Following Kentucky Derby 145, fans can stay and enjoy exciting live harness racing under the stars.  A stellar card is planned, including the first of the Great Northeast Open Series, the Van Rose Memorial Pace for 4 year-olds and up.

As always, parking and admission is free at the racetrack!

The Downs will open for advance Derby wagering and coverage of Kentucky Oaks Day on Friday, May 3rd starting at 11:00am.

Jennifer Starr – The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono

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