Monday, May 4, 2009

Hats Off to the Kentucky Derby!


You all know that Derby Day was Saturday and that the 50-1 long shot, Mine That Bird, won the solid gold trophy in the Run for the Roses. And I'm sure that Aunt Julie was tickled to death that the trainer hauled that horse to Louisville, 21 hours in a trailer. Auntie J. has a thing for cowboys, you see.

I've always thought, though, that the most fascinating part of the Derby was the hats, not the horses. The Derby...seriously, now...is a haberdasher's dream come true. In fact, when I was a wee one, I thought that this most-famous of American horse races was named for the hats. I used to watch with my Nana every year. We weren't looking at horseflesh; we were betting on how much the ladies' headgear cost them.

Every year, of course, someone has to outdo everyone else. From this year's selections, I really liked the effort made by some of the men. Hats off to Saturday's winners!

10 comments:

MarmiteToasty said...

I think your Derby must be a little like our Royal Ascot..... thats all about the hats to lol

x

Susie said...

I agree. I watch the Derby for the hats:-)

Tori_z said...

I have something for you on my blog. :)

Corey~living and loving said...

love the hats. reminds me of "my fair lady". Love that movie.

Muthering Heights said...

I wish there was an event around here that required hats like that...they're so pretty!

Z's Mom said...

I bet the horses look up into the stands and laugh at the ridiculous looking humans they see. They are really smart animals you know! ;)

Debbie said...

My question is what do they do with those hats after derby day?

mannequin said...

I want to go. I want to wear my pink pillbox hat.

Marrdy said...

If only I had put $10 on that horse to win!!! I'd have a pocket of change to buy a lovely hat with. I think I may put the Derby on my Bucket List!

Michelle said...

I used to watch the Derby every year and do a Derby pool and everything... this year? I totally forgot about it. Those were some great hats though!