By Brittany Shaw |Staff Writer|
There is only one place you can find thousands of people participating in a fashion show while watching horse races. It is the good ole Kentucky Derby.
People spend lots of money on their race-day apparel, trying to be the best dressed at the race.
“You can go to any horse race in the area, but no other race or even sporting event attracts more royals and celebrities like the Kentucky Derby,” said student Ally Monroe. “Those girls had bigger hats than at the royal wedding.”
The race is now a side note to the hats competition, where women go to great lengths to have the biggest and best hat.
Dozens of celebrities attend every year to display some of the latest fashion.
A few of the stars who were in attendance were Kate Walsh, Ian Somerhalder, Martha Stewart and Kate Gosselin.
“Large or small, contemporary or old-fashioned, big brimmed, feathered, flowery, furry or just plain fascinating, women (and men) top off their Oaks and Derby duds with a variety of ostentatious head wear,” according to Kentuckyderby.com.
Looking to get a taste of the fun?
Check out the local race trackes such as Fairplex Park in Pomona on May 26th where The Finish Line Sports Grill qualifying tournament will be held.
Meanwhile, Del Mar race track opens July 20th and they will have horse races all summer long.
Santa Anita Park also has horse races, but will not be open until December.
Prices vary for the race tracks but promotions are held throughout the season which would allow students to enter without breaking the bank.
Fashion may have been the main focus at the Kentucky Derby, but the most exciting two minutes in sports lived up to its name as the underdog, “Animal Kingdom” won the race by 2 ¾-lengths.
“Animal Kingdom” was a 20-1 long shot according to many gambling websites.
“Two days later, it is still surreal,” said Motion, who will turn 47 on the day after the May 21 Preakness. “I had thought about it (winning the Kentucky Derby). There is not a trainer that doesn’t think about it. I just didn’t think it would happen at this stage of my career,” said John Asher, “Animal Kingdom’s” trainer.
Although the actual event may be over, the buzz of the fashion and races alike will continue for weeks to follow.