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Belterra Park Gaming announces festivities for Kentucky Derby 2017

/EIN News/ -- CINCINNATI, April 25, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Belterra Park Gaming has planned Cincinnati’s Derby Week, May 2 – 6, to celebrate the running of the 143rd Kentucky Derby. Events include commemorative giveaways, gaming promotions and wagering opportunities for the Kentucky Oaks, May 5, and the Kentucky Derby, May 6. Live music, a fireworks show and Belterra Park’s annual hat contest round out the festivities detailed as follows:

Cincinnati's largest Derby party at Belterra Park Gaming
Cincinnati's largest Derby party happens every year at Belterra Park Gaming

Dixieland Band at Belterra Park Gaming
The Dixieland Band is returning to Belterra Park Gaming on May 6 to celebrate at Cincinnati's largest Derby party.

Belterra Park Gaming's annual Derby Hat Contest
Winners of the 2016 Belterra Park Gaming annual Derby Hat contest show off their ribbons and trophies.

Live racing at Belterra Park Gaming
There's nothing like the thrill of live thoroughbred horse racing to get Cincinnati excited for Derby Day.

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The Kentucky Oaks – May 5
Belterra Park will begin accepting bets at its outdoor wagering windows at 10 a.m. for the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby. Guests may also purchase tickets for special access the River Downs Club (Racebook). Post time for Belterra Park’s live racing is 1:20 p.m. Belterra will show the running of the Kentucky Oaks at approximately 5:45 p.m. Cincinnati’s own River City Band will perform from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. followed by a fireworks show presented by Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks. The celebration is free to the public and open to all ages. Guests are encouraged to park in the racing parking lot on the east side of the property.

*Parking for news media is available upon request. Please call Steve Newsome at 513-608-6329 to arrange parking.

The Kentucky Derby – May 6
Belterra Park will begin accepting bets at its outdoor wagering windows at 8 a.m. for the Kentucky Derby. Guests may purchase tickets for seats in the River Downs Club (Racebook) at Belterra Park, special seating in the grandstand and exclusive beer garden. For tickets and information visit Guests are encouraged to wear their Derby-best, from seersucker to salmon shorts to sundresses with fancy fascinators.

Guests who wish to enter the annual Derby hat contest may register from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. near the grandstand. Entries will be judged via social media and a crowd-sourced voting system. Winners will be announced after 5 p.m. at the end of live racing.

Schedule of Events:
10:30 a.m. – Churchill Downs first race post time
12:50 p.m. – National Anthem
1 p.m. – Dixie Band will play
1:10 p.m. – Bugler for first race and between races
1:20 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – live races at Belterra Park Gaming
5 p.m. – Derby hat contest winners announced (approximate time)
6:45 p.m. – Showing of the 143rd Kentucky Derby (approximate time)

For a complete list of Cincinnati’s Derby Week events and promotions, visit

Photos accompanying this announcement are available at

About Belterra Park Gaming
Belterra Park Gaming provides a best-in-market entertainment destination featuring live racing on a 1-mile dirt track and the only turf track in Ohio, pari-mutuel wagering, 1,300 games and six dynamic restaurants that include relaxed dining options, a clubhouse called the River Downs Club, VIP Lounge, complimentary self and valet parking and more.

About Pinnacle Entertainment
Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. owns and operates 16 gaming entertainment businesses, located in Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Pinnacle holds a majority interest in the racing license owner, as well as a management contract, for Retama Park Racetrack outside of San Antonio, Texas.

Media Contact:
Roxann M. Kinkade, APR
Director of Public Relations 
(cell) 816-719-9494

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