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Where to watch (and bet on) the Preakness Stakes in South Florida

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This week at South Florida casinos: @PreaknessStakes, @OITNB slot machines.

The Preakness Stakes will take place Saturday, May 21, with undefeated Nyquist, winner of the Florida Derby and the Kentucky Derby, heavily favored to win. The race will be televised on NBC with a post time of 6:45 p.m.

If you want to wager but can't get up to Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, you can go to XpressBet.com and get the same odds. The bets are commingled with track pools.

But if you want to be social, go to a pari-mutuel that simulcasts it.

Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino (901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-454-7000, GulfstreamPark.com) will offer its first simulcast from Pimlico at 10:30 a.m., so you can have a full day at the track. From noon to 4 p.m., Gulfstream's Ten Palms restaurant will serve a special buffet ($60), at which you can get a black-eyed Susan, the race's official cocktail, in a collector's glass. And starting at 5 p.m., "Spin and Win" drawings will be held at Silks Simulcast Center.

"We are drawing 12 names at random, [and each] gets to spin the wheel to determine the amount of the bet that we are going to make on one horse of their choice in the Preakness Stakes," says Nancy Berry, Gulfstream's senior racing ambassador and marketing manager. "The bets range from $10 [win, place or show] to $200 WPS ($30 total to $600 total)."

Of course, you can also watch live horseracing at Gulfstream starting at 1:15 p.m.

Palm Beach Kennel Club (1111 N. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-683-2222, PBKennelClub.com) is simulcasting the Preakness, and the bonus there is watching 15 live greyhound races.

Other area venues simulcasting the race include Magic City Casino (450 NW 37th Ave., Miami, 305-460-6579, MagicCityCasino.com) and the Casino at Dania Beach (301 E. Dania Beach Blvd., 954-920-1511, CasinoDaniaBeach.com), although they aren't holding any events or promotions for it. The same goes for Isle Casino Racing (777 Isle of Capri Circle, Pompano Beach, 954-972-2000, TheIslePompanoPark.com) and Hialeah Park Racing and Casino (2200 E. Fourth Ave., HialeahPark.com, 305-885-8000).

Meet Bobby Bowden

Retired FSU football coach Bobby Bowden will be honored at the Crockett Foundation's (CrockettFoundation.org) annual Derby Days Preakness Party at Gulfstream Park's Sport of Kings Theatre from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 21. Admission is $100. For an extra $50, you can attend a meet and greet with Bowden from 5 to 6 p.m.

Others celebrities scheduled to appear include UM football coach Mark Richt, former NFL players Sam Madison, Cornelius Bennett and Fred Taylor, and a bunch more. The party will benefit the foundation's youth mentoring and tutorial programs.

Do time with Crazy Eyes

Fans of "Orange Is the New Black" who can't wait until Season 4 starts on June 17 can now play with Piper, Alex, Crazy Eyes and other female prisoners at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 800-937-0010, SeminoleHardRockHollywood.com).

The casino recently installed new slot machines featuring the popular Netflix series. Bonus game features include Crazy Eyes' Wild, Alex's More Symbols, Mendoza's Double Game and Free Spins. While you're playing, have fun with clips, sound bites and music from the show.

You can also download an app version that you can play at home. Or in prison, if you smuggle in a smartphone.

david@davidraterman.com

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