Happy Cinco de Derby Day

Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo on the same day.  Which are you celebrating today?  How about both!

This post started out as just a means to satisfy my crazy thoughts about combining the two events. But, upon further review, I found it’s really a thing.  Please note – this is not intended to poke fun at any cultural traditions. It’s intent is to wonder what the combination would be like.

So, here are some real, and well rediculous, suggestions for Cinco de Derby……or is it Derby de Mayo?

The “Agave Julep” courtesy of Whiskey Riff

Serve “Margarita Mint Juleps”

Jimmy Fallon called it the “Super Bowl of Day Drinking.” So why not have a special drink for the “Big Race.”

Augustin Sosa to the rescue. This bartender at the Brown Hotel in Louisville whipped up a one-of-a-kind $1,500 “Agave Julep” – made with Patrón en LALIQUE: Serie 2 – the brand’s most expensive expression which retails for whopping $7,500 per bottle. A $1500 drink?  Ouch

But Wes Langeler from Whiskey Riff  has a recipe “for those of you (everybody) that’s looking for a drink they can actually afford.”

Recipe: Agave Julep


2 oz Patrón en Lalique: Serie 2 (regular Patrón is a little more my speed)
.5 oz Old Rip Van Winkle 25 years (or any bourbon you can find)
Floret of Chocolate Mint (I Googled this, it’s a real plant, regular mint is probably fine too)
3 drops of Chocolate Bitters (regular bitters is probably fine too)
3 Key Limes
1 hand-made sugar rose (skip that, unless you have one laying around from Valentine’s Day… it’s probably sill good idk)


1. Put the sugar on lime slices and light it on fire until it caramelizes. (Maybe just squeeze a little lime juice, unless you have a torch, then go crazy),

2. Use about 15 chocolate (regular) mint leaves in the cup, pull the caramel from the key limes and put in the cup, muddle into the caramel, stir with a spoon until the caramel dissolve and finally, pour the liquor in.

3. Fill the cup with the crushed ice and stir, add more ice if necessary and drop on a few dashes of chocolate (regular) bitters. Pop in a straw and down the hatch.

4. Repeat as necessary.

Other Ideas:


A Derby Sombrero Contest – how ornate can you make your Sombrero?

Kentucky Derby Piñata – inside are all Derby horses names folded and after it is opened, each person chooses one folded paper with the Derby’s horse name on it. Then follow the horse you get during the race. Prizes for win, place, show would include gift cards to Mexican restaurants.

Churchill Downs might consider two things:

Have the traditional “First Call” bugle fanfare call to post accompanied by a Mariachi Band.

Churchill Downs could change the color scheme of the winning garland of roses to red, white & green – run for the roses (red & white) and green chrysanthemums

For the foodies:

Bourbon- marinated pork tenderloin burrito

Country Biscuits with Spicy Mexican Beef (instead of Country Ham Biscuits)

Cheese grits with Jalapeno for a side dish

Chocolate- bourbon pecan pie with fried ice cream

Pecan Tequila Balls – Pecan Bourbon Balls are traditional ball-shaped, bourbon-flavored pecan cookies. These however would use Patron Chocolate Tequila instead…….mmmmmmm.

So, what ideas could you come up with?  Personally, I think the food ideas are pretty creative.

Happy Cinco de Derby Day!


Kentucky Derby Celebrations 2018

Kentuck Derby at Churchill Downs

Kentuck Derby at Churchill Downs

Where are you celebrating the “Run for the Roses?”

The Kentucky Derby is much more than a horse race.  Its traditions have over a century of history and pageantry.  The Garland of Roses, first established as part of the Derby celebration when they were presented to all the ladies attending a fashionable Louisville Derby party.  The famous Twin Spires were the finishing touches to the Grandstand in 1895.

Staying home, or celebration at a New England Casino?  Here is a list of where to celebrate and have some “Derby” Fun:

MAINE – Oxford Casino

Oxford Casino, Maine

Oxford Casino, Maine

Derby Dash – SATURDAY, MAY 5, NOON TO 6:00PM

Pick your favorite pony in the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby and you could win a share of the Derby Dash prize pool of
up to $15,000* Free Slot Play.

We’ll start the pool at $5,000 and add $10 every time someone enters!
Make your pick at a promotional kiosk between Noon and 6:00pm** on Derby Day.

Terms and Conditions
No purchase necessary. Must be present to make picks and win. Choosing a scratched horse voids entry. See Guest Services for details and complete rules. Prize pool split: 50% to 1st place horse, 30% to 2nd place horse and 20% to 3rd place horse. Free Slot Play expires at 11:59pm.

* Maximum prize pool $15,000 Free Slot Play. **No entries will be accepted after 6:00pm.

  • Times
  • Noon – 6:00pm


CONNECTICUT – Foxwoods Resort Casino

Foxwoods Resort Casino

Foxwoods Resort Casino

Pequot Grand Ballroom – 10AM

Hat Contest – Most Creative, Most Beautiful, Most Outragious

Meet Anthony “The Big A” Stabile Radio Personality at Horse Racing Network

Place $50 wager and receive one free food coupon for the Kentucky Derby Buffet with one free Mint Julep.

For information about reserved seating and more, click HERE.

CONNECTICUT – Mohegan Sun Resort Casino

MoSun Sign

Saturday, May 5th | Uncas Ballroom

10:00am – Doors open to the public

Receive a commemorative Mohegan Sun Derby 2018 T-shirt with $25 wager.*
Receive a pass to the Derby Festival buffet with a $50 wager

Open seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

Special Guest Handicappers
Mike “Mut” Mutnansky – Host of “Mut at Night” and Boston Red Sox host at WEEI
Bob Neumeier – Boston sports personality
Mike Vesce – Writer and workout analyst for DRF

Advance Wagering
Advance wagering is available in the Race Book on Friday, May 4th. Make a $50 advance wager on the Kentucky Derby and receive a souvenir cap. Race Book windows open at 11:00am on Friday, May 4th.


That’s all for now.   AANNNDDDDn  THEY’RRE OFF!




Kentucky Derby For The Beginner

Churchill Downs Is The Center of the

Racing World This Week

Are you one of those that plan for the date set ahead of time, planning your Derby party,  making it as special as the Super Bowl? Or are you like me…. not aware until it’s the weekend of the event?

I must admit, horse racing is not my favorite form of gambling. But the Kentucky Derby is so much more. It’s one of the most famed horse races in the world, aptly named “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.” It’s step one of the famed Triple Crown in horse racing. For the state of Kentucky, The Derby draws an average of 150,000 visitors each year, including residents, out-of-towners, celebrities, presidents, and even members of royal families.

Churchill Downs

 So, here are a few facts for you beginners out there like me:

1) The first Kentucky Derby race occurred in 1875

2) The Mint Julep is the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. It is an iced drink consisting of bourbon, mint, and a sweet syrup and is traditionally served in a commemorative Kentucky Derby glass.

3) The Kentucky Derby is host to some of the longest standing racetrack traditions in the U.S. Each year, you will find fans sipping Mint Juleps (drink made from whiskey, mint and sugar) and eating burgoo (a meat stew) at the racetrack. Women appear in lavish outfits with big, elegant hats. The University of Louisville marching band plays Stephen Foster’s “My Old Kentucky Home” as the horses are paraded before the grandstands.

4) This is actually a 2-week festival – The annual two-week series of events held in Louisville beginning with Thunder Over Louisville and leading up to the Kentucky Derby.

Kentucky Derby Betting Rules
Depending on where and how you place your bets on the Kentucky Derby, the rules may vary a bit. Having said that, most times all bets must be made at least a few minutes before the race begins. This is why it’s important to start doing your research about the 2018 Kentucky Derby now while you still have time. Knowing the specific rules for betting on the Kentucky Derby is important, so choosing how you are going to place your bets is also something you should do as soon as possible.

Types of Kentucky Derby Bets Available

Mohegan Sun Racebook

Win – This is a bet for a single horse to win.

Place – This is a bet for a single horse to finish first or second.

Show – A bet the horse will place in the top three.

Across the Board (Win, Place & Show) – This is similar to a show bet, but if your horse wins second or first, the payout is much larger.

Exacta – This is a bet for the first and second places – in the exact order.

Exacta Box – This is like the exacta bet, except that the winners can be in any order.

Trifecta – This bet is for the top three finishers in a specific order.

Trifecta Box – Similar to the trifecta except the winners can be in any order.

Superfecta – This is the toughest bet but one with the biggest payout. It chooses the top four finishers in exact order.

Superfecta Box – This is the same as a superfecta except the order of the top four horses picked does not matter.

As you can see, there are quite a few options when it comes to horse races like the Kentucky Derby. Knowing the options and payouts is important for coming up with a good betting strategy to follow.

That’s all for now. Look for more coverage of this year’s Derby this week, including Kentucky Derby Celebrations at your New England Casinos.