DENVER – What’s better than horses big enough to ride? Horses small as dogs, of course. So pet-able…

And there’ll be plenty of those mini horses at the Inaugural Denver Mini Derby on May 6 at The Hanger in Stanley Marketplace.

It’s the only Kentucky Derby event that features a live mini horse race. Following the real derby, the mini horses will take to the track in a race for charity.

Guests can enjoy this mini derby and charitable betting, photo ops with the horses, a live viewing of the Kentucky Derby on a big screen, a DJ and dance floor, mint juleps and themed cocktails with barbeque food, lawn games and various contests.

Contests include:

Corgi racing Costume Best hat Best suit Cutest couple

Plus, it’s a chance to rock your big derby hats and a pastel suit bright enough to outshine the Great Gatsby.

The derby starts at 1 p.m. and is open only to those 21 and older.

General admission is $79 and includes the viewing party, mini horse race, the contests and two-drink tickets. Additional food and drink can be purchased day of.

VIP tickets are $149 and have all that, plus access to the VIP-only dessert section, open bar and unlimited Rolling Smoke BBQ.

Tickets can be bought at

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