Where as we, here in Baltimore, have access to going to Pimlico Race Track for the Preakness Stakes, there are few of us who will go to Louisville, Kentucky for the Kentucky Derby or Elmont, New York for the Belmont Stakes. You now can enjoy the adrenaline of these races, the dressing up; men in fitted suits, bow ties, pocket squares and a fedora and the ladies in the best and biggest hats to accompany their sundresses and comestibles/libations reflecting each region. Where you ask? Ryleigh’s Oyster Hunt Valley in Timonium has partnered with Sagamore Racing and Maryland Horse Radio to create 3 viewing events, each specific to the Triple Crown horse races.
What you can expect at these viewing parties is a live performance call to race, best dressed contest with exclusive prizes from Sagamore Racing and incredible fare by Chef Patrick Morrow themed to each race’s region.
There are VIP opportunities at all three races for the Three Diamond Club members who RSVP in advance. Club membership is free at www.SagamoreRacing.com/ThreeDiamondClub. Sagamore Racing General Manager, Tom Mullikin said, "We look forward to this event series with Ryleigh's Oyster to celebrate Maryland Horse Racing and provide our Three Diamond Club with opportunities to enjoy Triple Crown season together. This will be a fun way to connect old and new racing fans, to share our pride for Maryland, and excitement for the sport we are passionate about."
Entry into these viewing parties for the 2014 Triple Crown is free and open to the public.
Kentucky Derby – Saturday, May 3rd
Ryleigh’s Oyster Hunt Valley will run food specials the entire race week with Louisville Rolled Oysters, Pickled Shrimp & Benedictine Spread, Kentucky Hot Brown and Seafood “Burgoo.” There will be plenty of Mint Juleps and Sagamore Crushes with southern themed bar snacks like pimento cheese, mini hot browns and fried green tomatoes.
Kentucky Derby party kicks off at 3 p.m. and ends at 6:30 p.m., the race is 6:24 p.m.
Preakness Stakes – Saturday May 17th
Ryleigh’s Oyster Hunt Valley will create menu items, again themed to the Maryland region that will run the entire week. Can you say “crab.” Black Eyed Susans and Sagamore Crushes will fill your glasses with Maryland themed bar snacks. Again, come dressed to impress – there will be prizes.
Preakness Stakes party kicks off at 3 p.m. and ends at 6:30 p.m.
Belmont Stakes – Saturday, June 7th
Ryleigh’s Oyster Hunt Valley will be offering specials themed from the New York region throughout race week. There will be plenty of Belmont Breezes and Sagamore Crushes to wet your whistle and a selection of bar snacks. Where your best finery and take home prizes.
Belmont Stakes party kicks off at 3 p.m. and ends at 6:30 p.m.
Must be 21 years of age or older to attend the 2014 Triple Crown viewing parties.
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