Hat Contest Highlights Triple Crown Celebration and Live Coverage of Kentucky Derby

Hat Contest Highlights Triple Crown Celebration and Live Coverage of Kentucky Derby

Golden Gate Fields is giving away more than $1,800 on Derby Day, May 7 to the winners of its third annual Run for the Roses Hat Contest – part of a Triple Crown celebration that includes live coverage the 137th Kentucky Derby.

Golden Gate Fields, northern California's destination for horse racing, will celebrate Kentucky Derby day with a live concert between the races by Pop Fiction, the Run for the Roses Hat Contest which is to enter for anyone who enters the track wearing a hat, and wagering on the Kentucky Derby, first leg of the Triple Crown. Fans who attend Derby Day at Golden Gate Fields will be among the first to learn the Kentucky Derby results.

The highlight of the day, aside from the live coverage of the Kentucky Derby, will likely be the Bay Area's take on the Derby tradition of wearing the newest, and in some cases the most unusual, hats to the track.

Golden Gate Fields will award cash prizes in the categories of “Best Racing Theme”, “Most Outrageous” and “Most Glamorous.” Winners in each category will win $300, with second place taking home $200 and third place enjoying $100. With that many cash prizes at stake, the contest judging may be as exciting as the actual Kentucky Derby results.

There is no entry fee for the Run for the Roses Hat Contest. Contestants wishing to enter the contest need only bring a hat and place their name on the sign-up sheet when they enter the track. Deadline for entry is 1:30 p.m.

Kentucky Derby live coverage won't be the only racing enjoyed at Golden Gate Fields on May 7. The track will also feature a full card of races of its own, and the band Pop Fiction will entertain between races.

Gates will open at 7:15 a.m., with the first race set for 11:15 a.m. So get that favorite hat out of the closet and head to Golden Gate Fields for the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby, the crown jewel of the Triple Crown.

About Golden Gate Fields

Golden Gates Fields, Northern California’s premier horse racing facility, commenced its first meeting on Feb. 1, 1941. Due to poor track conditions caused by heavy rains, the inaugural meeting lasted only five days. America’s involvement in World War II meant racing at the track wouldn’t resume for six years, and the track became a naval amphibious landing craft base.

Golden Gate Fields reopened on Sept. 9, 1947, and since has hosted many of the sports’ greatest thoroughbred horses and jockeys. The great Bill Shoemaker, who would go on to win 11 Triple Crown races, scored his first career victory at Golden Gate Fields on April 20, 1949, aboard Shafter V. He retired 41 years later with 8,833 wins.

Through the years champion horses like Citation (1948 Horse of the Year), Noor (Handicap Horse of 1950), Determine (1954 Kentucky Derby winner), John Henry (Horse of the Year in 1981 and 1984), Brown Bess (Female Grass Horse of 1989), Tight Spot (Grass Horse of 1991), and Lost in the Fog (Sprinter of 2005) have competed at Golden Gate Fields.

Golden Gate Fields features an elegant Turf Club, a vast and comfortable Club House, smart simulcast rooms, and plenty of free seating in the general admission areas, all of which will be open for live coverage of the Kentucky Derby.

For more information on California horse racing, tips to make your experience more enjoyable and the latest horse racing results including Kentucky Derby results, visit Golden Gate Fields online at http://www.GoldenGateFields.com, on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/GoldenGateFields or on Twitter at http://www.Twitter.com/GGFRacing