Growing up, I’d skip off to Gold Cup with friends and then get home in time for a family Derby party. I’m positive it fell on May 5th at least once, but back in the day, I wasn’t looking for an excuse to pretend Virginia had authentic Mexican cuisine…
Thank goodness Strangely enough, there are no photos from either first Saturday in May events in my 17 family photo albums. (Honest… but I’m not sure I’d share photos if I had ’em!) I do still have the rather boring straw hat with a black ribbon I wore most years, and if it didn’t start to rain every time I offered to walk the dogs or thought about taking a cute photo of Sissy in said hat, I’d prove it. Instead, I’ll just thank Polyvore for getting VERY close to the original.
I think our dresses for Gold Cup had to be “not sundresses” when the event moved from a farm on the edge of town to its current location, but I happen to own that dress and it would look cute with my hat – with some red and white silk flowers added for today, assuming Louisville is having better weather than we are.
(It’s POURING as I type, so much so I can’t hear the TV – maybe 10 feet away – over the drops slapping the skylight across the room. Don’t worry; it was a much lighter rain and the fur-girls got a short walk, until I began to feel as though my slicker was part sauna.)
Since the Knight doesn’t share my passion for a fun frock and a nearly silly hat to kick off May and what I always hope will be the next Triple Crown winner year, you get to deal with what I’d wear if I was in Louisville, or even in my other hometown, Warrenton.
I think I’d have to hope for better weather so I could sport Lilly P’s Isabel in their Horse Show print. (You’ll have to click over to see the pale yellow with the pink upturned of course horse shoes.)
I happen to own shoes almost identical to the ones in the photo. Don’t tell anyone, but mine came from Target and wouldn’t cause me to cry if I got a stable pass and stepped in a puddle or… worse and ruined them.
Of course, I’d need a great hat. And of course, if you’ve been to this blog more than once, you probably know that Gretchen and I both have a thing for PANK, and if you didn’t click over on the dress photo or link, you might not realize the horse shoes are PANK!
I found the perfect hat. In fact, I might have to order it just in case I go to Foxfield again one year, or back to Gold Cup… (Foxfield is podunk’s race, and is a highlight of the UVA spring scene. Too bad working it as a medic kinda’ sucked all the fun out of it forever for me. )
Hem. Back to my Derby fantasy.
Isn’t it a beauty? Gretchen would probably talk me into hanging it on the wall in the bedroom where we could gaze at it every flippin’ day. Wouldn’t the Knight love that?! (NOT… in case you’ve never met him.)
Derby picks? I don’t have one I’m itching to make a wager on, but the girls don’t study the ponies and riders and trainers the way I do. Here are their picks:
Gretchen put her allowance on Liaison to win, place or show. Even if the horse with almost the worst odds (at the time I wrote this post) comes in third, Gg will have enough money to take the pack out for a nice dinner. If you didn’t click over, Gg made her choice because the jockey will be wearing pink silks.
Sis’s choice has a little more promise and is one I was already studying. A strong boy, I’ll Have Another‘s jockey will be in a nearly royal purple. I just wish he wasn’t starting 19th, but he comes on strong at the end, so… we can all laugh if the girls’ choices based on the colors the jockeys will be sporting nets a win or even a place (2nd) or a show (3rd).
Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s time for me to pay more attention to the pre-race coverage… I wouldn’t bet against Bodemeister or Union Rags either. I’d never bet against a horse trained by Michael Matz (Barbaro’s trainer)… and I always have a soft spot for Secretariat’s progeny (Take Charge Indy).