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Untitled photo of race at Belmont, by Ray Haddad at flickr

It may be a long hike from Lexington Ave. to Lexington, Kentucky, and even farther to Louisville, but New Yorkers are not immune to the draw of the 'sport of kings.' The 134th running of the Kentucky Derby takes place today and many people around the city will be doing what most seem to do at the races--wagering and drinking. Mapfaced has a guide on bars to watch the races at Churchill Downs.

For those unfamiliar with the participants, Big Brown is the current favorite and running at 3-1 odds. The horse is relatively inexperienced, however, and running from the outside post, which could be a disadvantage. A guide to this evening's favortites is available here. Post time is 6:04 p.m.

True aficionados will have had their mint julep ingredients steeping at least overnight to make the syrup as flavorful as possible, but it's never too late to run out for some sprigs and muddle in a hurry. Recipe for the cocktail of the Kentucky Derby.