SANTA ANITA TO STAGE KENTUCKY DERBY DAY HAT CONTEST ON MAY 7; $1,000 CASH PRIZE TO BE AWARDED TO FIRST PLACE WINNER IN THREE CATEGORIES

 

ONE RANDOMLY SELECTED WINNER COULD WIN A 2016 MERCEDES-BENZ GLC COURTESY OF RUSNAK/ARCADIA ON JULY 4 AT THE GREAT RACE PLACE

 

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 27, 2016)–Santa Anita Park, which has served as a launching pad for three out of the last four Kentucky Derby winners, will host a trend-setting Kentucky Derby Hat Contest on Derby Day, Saturday, May 7.

A $1,000 top cash prize will be awarded in three different categories–Best Hat, Best Fascinator and Best Overall Fashion. The contest is open to both men and women, 18 and older and is free of charge to enter on Derby Day in person, or online at santaanita.com/events in advance.

For those signing up on-track, there will be an event tent located in the East Paddock Gardens that will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (With a large Derby Day crowd expected, participants are encouraged to register online).

A total of 15 finalists (five in each category) will be selected by a panel of judges and these names will be announced and contestants notified prior to the running of the Kentucky Derby, with all finalists required to report to the Winner’s Circle.

In addition to the $1,000 top cash prize in each category, all second place finishers will receive a $200 gift card redeemable at Santa Anita’s Champions! Gifts and Apparel and all third place finishers will receive a $100 gift card.

As a special bonus, one of the top three prize winners will be selected at random to also receive an automatic entry into the finals for a chance to take home a 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC presented by Rusnak/Arcadia on July 4, 2016 at The Great Race Place.

Complete rules and restrictions are available at santaanita.com/events and on-track at the THOROUGHBREDS center on the Grandstand main floor.

Santa Anita’s admission gates open early on Derby Day at 7:15 a.m. and first live race post time is at 12 noon. Post time for the Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs is at approximately 3:40 p.m. PST.