The Kentucky Derby’s here. Be ready.
The Kentucky Derby – you may have heard – is decadent and depraved. So too shall you be. Here's your guide to proper parties, proper attire and (most importantly) how to squeeze a couple of bucks out of this thing.
NYC newcomers Maysville have deep Bluegrass State love – the ceiling’s a glowing vellum relief map of the Kentucky town for which they're named. On Saturday they’ll park a massive BBQ smoker out front to dish out rib plates and pulled pork alongside $8 juleps while the race is projected large format on the resto’s wall.
Meanwhile, in Williamsburg, absinthe-and-oyster specialists Maison Premiere will be serving up eight specialty juleps made with a litany of house-made syrups, bitters and Four Roses bourbon. And at MP you don’t watch the Derby, you listen: the race is broadcast old-school via vintage radio.
Two goals with derby duds: be the guy who doesn’t look like he’s wearing a costume, and get stuff you’ll actually wear again. Your three must-have items from J. Press York Street, the West Village collab between the legendary prepsters and designers du jour Ovadia Brothers:
Know the Odds
Seventeen of the horses will have double-digit odds. Two horses that have a good chance to run well: Normandy Invasion, 12-1, and Goldencents, 15-1.
Bet Across the Board
A straight bet (win, place or show) is $2. So a $2 across-the-board bet on any one horse is $6. To build a betting bankroll, pool your money with friends. You can add more long shots while spreading the risk.
Vet the Ponies
If a horse finished 1st or 2nd in a Grade 1 final prep race (which means they ran very well) but still has high odds, he’s a smart long shot bet.
Should you make it down to Dixie, stay at The Brown Hotel. Richard's been to 15 Derbies and swears by it.