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Kentucky Derby fans can party (with hats!) at Santa Anita Park

Got your Derby hat and nowhere to go? Santa Anita Park brings Saturday's Kentucky Derby to Southern California with a live simulcast and a $1,000 contest for the best toppers.

The competition in the first leg of the Triple Crown will be broadcast on more than 2,000 TV screens at the racetrack in Santa Anita as well as on big screen where visitors can watch from the grandstands.

Live races at Santa Anita begin at noon.

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When the Kentucky Derby race begins (it's a two-minute race, by the way), Santa Anita will pause its live races to broadcast the simulcast. Guests will be able to place bets on the Derby from tellers and machines too.

But the party doesn't end there.

The racetrack is hosting a KROQ Beer Festival ($30) in the infield as well as a formal meal in the Chandelier Room with a menu overseen by L.A.-based chef Neal Fraser ($85).

And about the hats. Visitors can compete for a $1,000 prize in each of three categories: best hat, best fascinator and best overall fashion. 

For $20, you can buy a Trackside Package that will get you admission, a drink voucher, racing program, a seat in the stands and a tote bag featuring American Pharoah, the 2015 Triple Crown winner.

Info: Santa Anita Park, (626) 574-7223 

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