Kentucky Derby 2015 Watch Parties in Miami

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On Saturday, May 2, at 6:24 p.m., the speediest 3-year-olds in racing will compete in what's called the "fastest two minutes in sports."

Twenty-one horses are expected to start the 141st Kentucky Derby, with American Pharoah the favorite to win. Joining American Pharoah are athletes with colorful names like Ocho Ocho Ocho, Carpe Diem, War Story, Upstart, and Materiality — all competing for that victory wreath made from thousands of red roses.

Tickets for the Kentucky Derby are still available (but you'll still have to get to Louisville). A better bet is to break out your best hat and your seersucker suit and cheer your favorite horse to the finish line at one of these Miami watch parties. 

AQ by Acqualina
Beginning at 6 p.m., watch the Derby while eating a Kentucky hot brown ($18), country ham biscuits with blackberry mustard and Tabasco butter ($12), and Benedictine spread tea sandwiches ($10) while sipping a refreshing mint julep. 

BTW (Burger Taco Whiskey)
For Derby day, BTW is offering Big Ass mint juleps ($10) and duck confit tacos ($4). 

Frankey's Sports Bar at the Village at Gulfstream Park
Watch the Derby on the 180-inch TV wall or on one of Frankey's 38 other HD TV sets. A $50 bar package includes beer, wine, specialty cocktails, and top-shelf liquor. A four-course dinner package for $80 is also available.

Gulfstream Park

Gulfstream Park will host the world's largest Kentucky Derby Party. Beginning at noon, enjoy a Southern buffet ($59.99) and mint juleps in collectible Derby glasses ($9.99) at Ten Palms. Live racing starts at 1 p.m. There will also be a Derby Diva hat contest and giveaways.  

Oak Tavern
Starting at 4 p.m., enjoy $5 mint juleps and $7 Derby snacks while you place a friendly wager on your favorite horse. Wear your best hat and you could win a prize. The party runs till 7 p.m. 

Swine Southern Table & Bar 
Wear your finest hat to enter the Best Topper Contest and drink a Big Ass mint julep ($10). 

Tongue & Cheek
Beginning at 5 p.m., drink Woodford Reserve Kentucky coladas and $5 mint juleps and eat Kentucky hot browns. The woman with the best hat and the best-dressed man will each win dinner for two at the Cheek.

Via Verdi
Watch the race while drinking $5 mint juleps and savoring Via Verdi's happy hour, which runs from 4 to 8 p.m. Happy-hour specials include select wines by the glass and cocktails for $6 and assaggi for $5 each or five for $23.

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
Yardbird's Kentucky Derby party will include prizes for the best hat, Big Ass mint juleps ($10), and a Derby platter ($16) of cornmeal-fried oysters, famous fried chicken with honey, watermelon and farmers' cheese skewers, and smoked mixed nuts. Yardbird will also kick off its crawfish boil on Derby Day. Fifty-one bucks (including tax and gratuity) gets you a welcome beer cocktail, a crawfish boil with all the fixings, and dessert.

Love crawfish? The special supper returns to Yardbird every Tuesday from May 12 through July 28 from 6 to 8 p.m.

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