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Sports Books, Bars, Clothing Shops Ready for Kentucky Derby

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"The Kentucky Derby is a huge day for us in the sports books," says Terry Cox at the Peppermill in Reno. "We actually print up more tickets for it than we do the Super Bowl. The bets aren't as large but we'll write more tickets."

And to draw in the patrons the Peppermill has expanded its viewing party to The Naples Ballroom and is offering drink specials and food.

"The key to a good Mint Julep is good bourbon and keep it simple," says lead Peppermill bartender Lo Martinez. And she expects to sell more than 150 of them tomorrow. And each comes with special pastries the kitchen has dreamed up including bourbon balls, Derby chocolate Cake and bourbon gelee.

The Atlantis has also completed its latest expansion of the Sports Book just in time for the Kentucky Derby parties...adding another 50% to its space, but it has added larger TVs. 

"It's a very big day for us and we have the space and we've even changed out our 50 inch TVs for new state-of-the-art 75-inch TVs that can be seen all the way to back," says Steve Mikkelson who managed the Sports Book at the Atlantis. "With the exception of Super Bowl, this is the biggest betting day of the year for us."

Even smaller establishments like Chapel Tavern are going all out. While we were there they were installing a projector and setting up the bar for what they expect to be a packed house tomorrow.

"Anytime we can wrap a holiday and a cocktail together is good for us. We expect to sell at least 150 Mint Juleps at $3 a pop tomorrow. And we expect it to be a great day," says Brett Ballman at Chapel.

And there has been a run of floral dresses and fancy hats at the thrift stores and second hand shops around town. Seems everybody who can't be at Churchill Downs will at least be in the spirit.

Written by Erin Breen  

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