Today marks the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby and first leg of the triple crown. Post time is at 6:24 and will be broadcast on NBC. The Capital Region is closely tied to horse racing as the city of Saratoga Springs hosts the summer meet beginning in July. If you can't be in Kentucky, I've selected some of the best places around to grab a beer, some food and watch the best two minutes in sports.

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    Saratoga Casino and Raceway

    The closest horse racing going on now in the Capital Region is at the Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Its the only place to watch and wager without leavingthe party. Watch the derby on a 16' screen, and enjoy festival menu like pulled pok sandwiches, dogs and more plus get a chance to win $5000 in the derby day giveaway as part of the player's extra club.

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    Siro's in Saratoga

    Why not watch the race in the middle of the backstretch at Saratoga Race Course? During the summer Siro's backyard is packed with tracked goers, it only seems fitting that you watch the Kentucky Derby here. Doors open at noon for partying as well as a complimentary buffet.

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    Recovery Sports Grille(s)

    All Recovery Rooms around the area will have the derby on. You can find one nearby as they are located in Troy, Albany, Amsterdam, Colonie, Rotterdam and will be having specials for Cinco De Mayo and the Derby. The Recovery Rooms are one of the best sport bars in the area with many tv's and a superb wait staff.

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    Wolf's 1-11

    Located at 111 Wolf Road in Colonie, Wolfs is a cool place to watch the derby. Afterwards you can play in the game room. 20 draft beers on tap, I'm sure you can find one to slam while rooting for your longshot! Whether your in the dining room or the bar, there's a tv near to watch.

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    Hooters Of Albany

    Horses and Hooter Girls,how can you go wrong? Enjoy the wings and beer all being served to you by lovely ladies. The derby will be on all the TV's, go ahead and yell during the race as most will be screaming for their horse to win! Hooters is located at 72 Wolf Road in Colonie.

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