KENTUCKY DERBY: may the horse be with you
If it's the first Saturday in May, then it's time for the Kentucky Derby. Omaha Beach and Roadster are the favorite horses in the first leg of the Triple Crown at Churchill Downs in Louisville. Care to watch some thoroughbreds run in person? Tampa Bay Downs has a 12-race card before the Derby. Then you can sip a mint julep from a commemorative glass as you watch a simulcast of the 145th Run for the Roses. $10-$350. 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Tampa Bay Downs, 11225 Race Track Road, Tampa. (813) 855-4401. TV: 2:30-7:30 p.m., NBC; post time: 6:50 p.m.
YOUTH ICE HOCKEY: girls tryouts
Become a part of the Tampa Bay Lightning girls travel program, whose 12- and 14-under teams compete in the Statewide Florida Hockey League. The 16U team competes in the Lightning High School Hockey League program. 2:30 p.m. Saturday. And all ages can learn fundamentals of the sport. All experience levels are welcome and loaner equipment is available. Free. 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Clearwater Ice Arena, 13940 Icot Blvd. (813) 301-6600.
UnitedHealthcare Girls on the Run 5K: More than 600 girls from elementary and middle schools from Sarasota to Tampa will graduate from their after-school 5K training program in this annual spring race along a course that starts in downtown St. Petersburg. Registration is open to the public. $30 (includes prerace expo, T-shirt and medal for all finishers). 9 a.m. Saturday. Poynter Park, 1000 Third St. S. gotrtampa.org.
May Day Race: This fifth annual race will travel through beautiful Clam Bayou on the Skyway Trail and end at the Ceridian campus. There will also be a kids dash and vendors. $10-$50. Kids 10 and younger free with a paid entrant. 7 a.m. Saturday. 4801 37th St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 466-7173. maydayrace.com.
Lake Tarpon Run: A 5K chip-timed run or 1-mile fun run with finishers medals and age group awards. Benefits the Rotary Club of Dunedin North and Rotary International. $30. 7:30 a.m. Saturday. John Chesnut Sr. Park, 2200 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor. (727) 270-0617. laketarpon5K.com.
Hippie Dash: Dress in tie dye and a headband for this psychedelic 8K, 5K and 1-mile race for "Peace, Love and Goodwill." Benefits Goodwill Services. $25-$40. 7:45 a.m. Saturday. Gulfport Beach Park, 5730 Shore Blvd. (727) 523-7354.
RAYS: Snakes in the Trop
The Tampa Bay Rays begins a three-game home series against the Arizona Diamondbacks with games Monday (7:10 p.m.), Tuesday (7:10 p.m.) and May 8 (1:10 p.m.) The afternoon game is a Senior Special, Press Level tickets for fans 60 years and older $15. Ticket prices vary at raysbaseball.com and the Trop box office, or 1-888-FAN-RAYS. 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. TV: Fox Sports Sun; radio: 95.3-FM, 620-AM.