Thursday, May 15, 2014

And they say I wouldn't see a horse...

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?


  1. I've always wanted to go to the Kentucky Derby...mostly so I would have an excuse to wear an awesome hat!! Looks so fun!!

  2. Going to the Kentucky Derby is on my bucket list too, only because I loved reading the Black Stallion books as a kid. This is a great post that gives me an idea of what to expect when I eventually make it out there. Glad you had so much fun from the infield!

  3. These pictures are so fun!! You look beyond cute - has anyone ever told you that you look like Kate Middleton? I'm sure they have - it really struck me in the picture where you are placing your bet. And your hat is perfect!

  4. How fun! Love your hat! I went to a local horse race with my dad when I was a child and we actually won some money, it was fun!!