Derby Day

Hat contests will abound Saturday, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino's Rock the Race and elsewhere. (Patricia Moskol/Courtesy / May 1, 2014)

Florida has little in common with Kentucky, but Derby Day still provides an excuse to party like the Bluegrass State. That means hat contests and mint juleps.

At 4 p.m. Saturday, Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach will award $500 for the best hat, with consolation prizes to four runners-up. Guests can fill up at the Ten Palms buffet overlooking Gulfstream for $32.99. The Fountain Club has a prix-fixe menu of $27.99.

Mint juleps? They're $8, and served in a souvenir glass.

Gulfstream also will hold a drawing one hour before the race's 6:24 p.m. start Saturday to give away five wagers on the race, ranging from $150 to $600.


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Eight TV, radio and print journalists will race 100 yards for charity at about 3 p.m. at Calder Casino and Race Course, which will offer $250 in cash and prizes for its top hatter at 3:15 p.m.

The Palm Beach Kennel Club will hold its hat contest at 12:45 p.m. It will sell mint juleps for $5, and greyhound pet representatives will meet with people considering adopting a dog.

Meanwhile, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino will host the sixth annual Rock the Race: A Kentucky Derby Bash at 4 p.m. at Murphy's Law Irish Pub. The event benefits the Ann Storck Center. Tickets cost $50 per person or $85 per couple. Go to RockTheRace.org.

Nsortal@SouthFlorida.com