Sunday, May 11, 2008

Travel Pics: The Kentucky Derby

Tada! Here are the last of the vacation photos -- and my faves, I must say. This is the 134th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

When they call it the most exciting 2 minutes in sports, they're really not lying. In fact, there's no doubt the excitement lasted longer than 2 minutes -- it was a full day affair. I'm craving a mint julep as I look at these .....

The inside of the Paddock -- where owners, trainers, jockeys and horses get ready before the race. It's kind of like an outdoor dressing room.

And here's the outside of the paddock, where the rest of us stand and watch. The section of the building in the middle of this picture is part of the original Churchill Downs -- with the twin spires. The tall section to the left is part of a multi-million dollar expansion -- some hate it because they say it takes away from the original charm. Maybe it does, but considering the size of the crowd I can understand why they added it.

Schue -- fancy dress, fancy hat!

Moi, in my Derby best.

The back of my hat

The scenery

I almost forgot, there was a horse race too. Here's Big Brown running down the stretch about 50 yards from the finish line.

Mint juleps in hand and tres glamourrrrous!


Los said...

Great pics, Babs! You certainly have been the traveler these past few weeks!

Kelly said...

You guys look great!

Baroness von Bloggenschtern said...

OH MY GAWD!!! Those hats are tres, tres faboo, my dears. You two are the epitome of Derby glamour! Perhaps you could start a side-business are a milliner - I'd be your first customer.

Rara said...

Glamour puss galore! You girls are gorgeous! And looks liek so much fun! Thanks for pics!