2 weekends ago I FINALLY crossed off an item on my bucket list to attend the Kentucky Derby. Even though I lived in Louisville for 2 years, I just never got around to actually attending it. Leah invited me the week of to tag along and I decided no more excuses and time to finally take in the experience.
Our tickets were for the infield vs. in the stands, and let me just say that when you tell someone you have infield tickets you'll get 2 responses:
1.) You're going to be in the middle of drunken debauchery, its crazy in there, don't dress nice as your outfit will get ruined (it typically rains) etc etc
2.) You won't see any horses
Boom! I'd like to see someone in the stands get that shot!!!
My first Derby was a blast, we truly could not have asked for better weather. We all know in the stands you see the horses and a bunch of wealthy people comparing bank accounts and having competitions on who has the craziest hat, but in the infield, there's a lot more entertainment.
Fun costumes / attire people are wearing
|There were about 20 of them all dressed up like horses|
|There were 3 of these guys- we were PRETTY sure their accents were fake|
The hats are a little less... elegant
|This got my 'creepiest hat' award|
Its socially acceptable and expected to wear flip flops / comfty shoes vs. heels- AMEN!
Of course your views are a bit different from the infield as well...
You have 3 options
View facing grandstands
View facing backside of track (this is the BEST view and where the first photo was capture)
Or if you're not around the perimeter everything is displayed on the big screen
Regardless of where you watch, the 2 constants were pricey drinks ($10-$12 each), and the ability to bet and win. I bet $2 on horse #4 Ganza to show (place 1-3) in the official Derby race and won $6... ya buddy
So glad I went and had a blast. I definitely do want to return and see what its like from the pricey seats, but I'm thankful I had so a positive first experience. Until next time Churchill Downs....
Have you ever been to a horse race? What's the craziest hat you ever saw?