Thistledown has added new events to Ohio Derby day this Saturday, a day already packed with fun and games for race fans.
Representatives from We Talk Music will be on hand in conjunction with the previously announced concert by national recording artists The Reggae Vibes Band. We Talk Music combines the universal language of music with motivational speakers and student participation to address violence and bullying among youth across the country. The group was founded by Patricia Young and is based in Twinsburg.
Slider, the Cleveland Indians' mascot, has appeared with We Talk Music before and will entertain fans at Thistledown on Saturday as well from 2 to 4 p.m.
In addition to playing the ongoing Thistledown Stakes Challenge Handicapping Contest and the track's popular Instant Win game, fans on Saturday can test their track and racing knowledge through a trivia contest.
The Kentucky Derby has the mint julep; the Ohio Derby has the Black Gold, a specialty drink named for the only horse to win both races. The drink combines rum, tequila, grenadine, and lemon-lime soda and will be served in an Ohio Derby souvenir glass. The glass also will be for sale without the drink.