Big Crowds Fill 2 New Richmond Off Track Betting Centers On Derby Day; Preakness Up Next May 20th

Central Virginia residents got a chance to bet the Kentucky Derby for the first time in four years Saturday at two new Off Track Betting Centers in the Richmond area — Ponies & Pints downtown, and Breakers Sports Grille in the west end.

Crowds packed Ponies & Pints on Derby Day to wager action from Churchill Downs all afternoon.

Ponies & Pints held a $1,000 Fancy Hat Contest soon after Always Dreaming crossed the finish line to win the Triple Crown’s first leg. Many attendees got creative in their hopes of winning top prize.

Finalists in the $1,000 Fancy Hat Contest prepare to show the crowd their unique creations.

Ponies & Pints took advantage of their parking lot to stage an outdoor party aspect to Derby Day. That aspect enabled the Shockoe Bottom restaurant to handle hundreds of extra customers. After a few late afternoon sprinkles, a rainbow appeared in the sky 20 minutes before Derby post time.

A pre-Derby rainbow filled the sky over downtown Richmond.

And the winner of the hat contest was…

Hope to see everybody on Preakness Day, Saturday May 20th!