The Florida Derby is still more than a week away, but there's all kinds of activities leading up to it at Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino.
Among them are:
Ms. Racing Queen Finale: 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the Sport of Kings Theater. One woman will be chosen to represent The Stronach Group as an ambassador to the Thoroughbred Racing Industry.
2013 Florida Derby Golf Tournament: March 26 at Westin Diplomat Golf Course
Slot Tournament: 4-9 p.m. March 27 on the first floor. Buy-in is $100 and yields $10,000 in cash and free play.
Pill Pull: 11 a.m. March 28 at 10 Palms. Post position draw for the Florida Derby are drawn. Tickets are $35 (available at 10 Palms). Admission includes buffet, chance to mingle with jockeys, owners, trainers press and celebrities.
Poker Tournament: 6:30 p.m. March 28. Buy In: $150 = 4,000 Starting Units with unlimited re-buys during the first three rounds. Single re-buys available to players at or below 2,000 units. After re-buy period, an add-on is available: $40 = 4,000. A portion of the proceeds to benefit Jockey’s Fund. Call 954-457-6336 for details
Cocktails & Horse Tails in the Walking Ring on March 29: 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. is Florida Derby Cap Giveaway (Breezeway); 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Party in the Walking Ring for VIPs; 8:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. open to the public. $10.
The race itself is Saturday. Breakfast is $8 at the Tiki Hut; the first post is at 12:30 p.m. The Sport of Kings BBQ Buffet is $50 per person. Call 954-457-6201. Purchase of a program yields a pin and buying a seat in Silks, the Grandstand or 10 Palms nets a polo shirt1:45 p.m.-3 p.m. After the final race is a party at the park in the walking ring, with a free live concert.
Easter Brunch is 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 31 at 10 Palms. $50 for adults, $25 for children under 10. Because after this week, a lot of people are going to fuel up.
And if you're into the history of the race, or more details on the events, Gulfstream's web site for the event, FloridaDerby.com, has a lot more info on the week.