And they’re off: Race day at the River Ranch |

And they’re off: Race day at the River Ranch

Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.comThe River Ranch will again host a Kentucky Derby hat contest, serve mint juleps and Kentucky Hot Browns for the big race day May 5.

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. – Dress your best ladies and gentleman it’s the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 5 where an afternoon soiree will take place at the River Ranch bar in honor of the historic day starting at noon.

The Kentucky Derby is an American institution – it’s the longest-running sporting event in the country. An event since 1875, and the first jewel in the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred horse racing, the Kentucky Derby is held annually on the first Saturday of May in Louisville, Kentucky. The race is 1 1/4 miles and is known in the U.S. as “the most exciting two minutes in sports” for its approximate duration. It is also called the “Run for the Roses” for the blanket of roses draped over the winner.

It’s a unique day in sports, in fashion and in how people come together to honor Southern traditions. As much a part of the Derby as the race itself, the Derby hat has become an expression of personality and style. Show yours off in the Best Derby Hat contest with a gift certificate for dinner given away as the prize for the best hat at the River Ranch.

Be sure to place your bets before you sip too many mint juleps – an iced drink of Kentucky bourbon, mint and sugar – the official drink of the race.

The River Ranch will serve up Southern favorites compliments of the River Ranch’s Executive Chef, Julia Walter, a Kentucky born native. She will prepare traditional Kentucky Hot Browns at $11.95 – an open-faced sandwich with hot turkey, bacon and grilled tomatoes topped with mornay sauce that originated in the 1920s at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Ky.

Two flat screens in the bar will show pre-race activities starting at noon with the big finale at 3:30 p.m.

The River Ranch is open nightly for dinner and serving lunch on weekends, located in between Tahoe City and Squaw Valley at the corner of Highway 89 and Alpine Meadows Road. Call 530-583-4264 for more information.

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