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Derby Day Thrills and Frills

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Written with Jimmy Bramlett

Wearing spectacular hats and drinking hard liquor? This is definitely our sport! And the Kentucky Derby, the first leg of the triple crown, is the genteel matron of them all. Just because we are not heading to the Derby doesn't mean we can't wear big hats and Colonel Sanders ties and get plastered like the proper Southerners do. Allow LAist to guide you through the local events, the latest news from the track and the art of mixing the perfect Mint Julep.

Where better to watch a race than at a racetrack? Fans can place bets and watch the Derby at Santa Anita. You can also watch the Derby from the comfort of the racetrack's Frontrunner Restaurant, which boasts a 215 foot long bar. Reservations for the Frontrunner are required.

Hollywood Park in Ingelwood opens its doors for the live telecast at 7am. That's right, 7am. If you want to pick up vices you've got to start early. Live races start at Hollywood Park with a special first post at 11am. The Turf Club offers a $45 buffet, but we suggest crossing Century Boulevard at Prairie and heading east to Bertha's for some serious soul food (Warning: music plays when you click the link, but the song is kind of worth making the whole office stare at you).