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Derby fun at The Downs: Betting, food trucks & mint juleps are slated for the Kentucky Derby

A view of the First Turn Lounge at the Downs Racetrack & Casino. (Courtesy of The Downs Racetrack & Casino)

A view of the First Turn Lounge at the Downs Racetrack & Casino. (Courtesy of The Downs Racetrack & Casino)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Celebrate the fun and excitement of the Kentucky Derby without having to jump on a plane or take a long road trip to the big event.

The Downs Racetrack & Casino has you covered. Beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 3, be part of all the action. It will feature a live broadcast of the national race from the Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. The Downs will offer pari-mutuel wagering options that allow guests to bet on their favorite horses.

The Downs’ racetrack grandstand will provide a number of options for guests to enjoy during the race, including a party on the patio. The big party will feature an outdoor tent with big-screen televisions and mutuel tellers for wagering. Sol Fire, a local music duo, will perform between 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday.

Hungry? The Downs thought of that, too. Food-truck vendors including Ahhroma’s Wood-Fired Pizza, Ghost Flame Grill, Bill’s BBQ and others will be on the patio beginning at 9 a.m. through the Derby’s end.

Guests also have the option of reserving a spot in the grandstand’s Jockey Club for $10 or in the VIP area for $15.

The First Turn Lounge inside The Downs will be open for wagering and viewing the Kentucky Derby. The lounge will offer special food and beverage items including mint juleps, cherry juleps, buffalo wings, shrimp and lobster ceviche, huevos rancheros, burgers and other options.

For more information, call 767-7171 or visit

ISLETA RESORT & CASINO: Win your share of more than $210,000 during “Money MAYnia.” Hourly drawings will be held from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day in May. Five names will be announced every hour until 9 p.m. for $100, and five names at 10 p.m. for $250. Double your earnings from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every Tuesday. Also, on May 26, a lucky patron will win a 2014 Chevy Malibu. Earn entries daily by playing your favorite slot machine, table games or poker.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo during “Cinco Dinero” and win your share of $30,000. There will be $500 roll-over drawings held every half-hour from 10 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Sunday, May 4-Monday, May 5. Qualify by playing your preferred slot machine, table games, poker or bingo.

It pays to be a senior on Wednesdays, May 7, May 14, May 21 and May 28. Isleta Eagle Club members age 50 and older can swipe their cards from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at a promotional kiosk for a seat in the free slot tournament taking place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on those dates. There will be 25 winners every Wednesday. And, seniors can also enter to win $250 at 4 p.m. every Wednesday with their slot tournament entry.

SAN FELIPE CASINO: Be part of the Cinco de Mayo 5K Giveaway every hour from noon to 9 p.m. Monday, May 5. San Felipe Casino will be giving away a total of $5,000 in free play. Five random players will each win $100 casino free play.

Join in the fun of “Cash, Cars & Cycles” through June 29. Earn 500 points on your San Felipe Player’s Club card for your chance to win a new Indian motorcycle, a 2014 Chevy Cruz, a 2014 Harley Davidson motorcycle, a Chevy Spark or $5,000 cash. And, don’t forget Player’s Club members earn three times the points every Saturday and Sunday throughout May. Points can be used for purchases in the casino. It’s a win-win at San Felipe Casino.