10.5.16

Derby Day

On Saturday morning ladies around the US put on the biggest and most colorful hats they owned and headed to the 142nd Derby day. Derby day is celebrated at race tracks across the country on the day of the famous Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. The day always falls on the first Saturday of May and marks the beginning of the two week long Kentucky Derby festival. I dug out my largest hat that morning to wear at the Arlington International Racecourse where we were celebrating a friend’s birthday. The AIR is only a forty five minute train ride north of Chicago, long enough to relax and enjoy a few adult beverages inconspicuously.



(Entrance of Arlington International Racecourse)



(One of my betting tickets! I bet this one based on the name)


 It felt like a spring fashion show as we headed through the gates of the racecourse, everywhere I looked there were hats of all shapes and sizes and girls dressed in beautiful spring dresses. The guys in our group were eager to place bets on horses while I just bet on horses with cool names or good statistics. In the end I didn’t win anything but just having those $2 on a horse made each race so exhilarating to watch. Throughout the day we wandered from the stands to the track and even took time to explore the grounds to find the stables where the horses warmed up and jockeys mounted their horses. Seeing the horses up close reminded me of when I used to horse back ride when I was younger.The weather forecast had called for thunderstorms all day but we were lucky to have sun for most of the day with some windy moments here and there. We couldn’t have asked for a better day (well except if one of my horses had won) to spend at the race tracks, enjoying the races in good company.

(Friend's cute ring!)

(Horses warming up before the races)

(Jockey mounting horse)
(They even had ostrich races!)



x the Adventurer

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  1. I've never been to the races before, but I love seeing everyone all dressed up. Sounds like a fun day!

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    1. It was a really fun time! I hope you get a chance to go =o)

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  2. What an exciting weekend for you!

    - Seyra x
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  3. Looks so nice! Hope you had a great time!

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    1. I did! We couldn't have asked for a better day =o)

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  4. I once went to a horse race in Hong Kong and it was so much fun. Would have loved to see the ladies and their hats.

    LUXESSED

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    1. Wow how fun! I know I wish I had taken more photos, next time I will make sure to get more =o)

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  5. It looks beautiful there! Did you bet on ostrich? ;)

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    1. It was a lovely day =o) I am sure you would have loved it =o)

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  7. I wish I could attend one someday. I want to see your dress/ outfit :)

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    1. I hope you do get a chance to go sometime =o)

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  8. Sounds like such a great day out! How amazing is that ring?? xx

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    1. Thank you =o) And I know right!?! She had a matching necklace but it's broken =o(

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  9. Oh it seems like you had a lovely day! x

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    1. Thank you I did =o) It was a beautiful day to spend with friends

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  10. Great post! I love the pictures!
    xx
    Mademoiselle Coconath
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  11. Ahh this is so fun! I attended our local Derby last year and had an amazing time. I was so blown away by all the great outfits. Your friends ring is super cute <3

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    1. Isn't such a fun day!?! Thanks for stopping by my blog =o)

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  12. Looks amazing!

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    Xin

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  13. I didn't realize that there was a race course so close to Chicago! How fun for Derby Day! Also - ostriches?! Who knew!?

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    1. I had no idea either! Haha yeah the ostriches were a fun surprise =o)
      Thanks for stopping by =o)

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  14. I've been only to the Dubai races where all ladies and men were really beautifully dressed! I had a great time! Thanks for sharing!
    xo Yvonne
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    1. That sounds so lovely =o) It's such a a fun occasion to dress up!

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  15. Looks like a fun day babe!

    X Merel
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  16. I have always wanted to go to the Derby! Thanks for posting this fun photo diary of all-things-Derby. Maybe one year I'll really look into going... definitely something on my bucket list!

    Lisa Favre
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    1. Of course! It was such a fun day, I hope you get a chance to go to the Derby with your friends =o)

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  17. Great post! Lovely photos! xx

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  18. You got some amazing photos! this looks like a blast!

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad you like them =o) it was a really fun day!

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    1. Isn't it?! So perfect for the occasion =o)

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  20. The Derby sounds like so much fun! Hope you had an awesome time :)

    Erica
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    1. It was such a fun day! Thanks for checking out my blog =o)

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  21. i've never been to a derby festival before,but seems you had so much fun!!
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    1. Oh you have to go! It's such a fun event =o)

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  22. You took some really great shots, looks like a really fun day :)

    xoxo
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  23. Wonderful weather and great spent time, what can ask more.
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    Ramona

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    1. Right?! It ended up being such a great day =o)

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  24. It looks like a lovely day with regard to weather for an occasion like this, and I can totally imagine how much fun it must have been to see the broad range of outfits there! :)

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    1. It was such a great way to spend a saturday outside =o) Thanks for checking out me blog =o)

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  25. Looks like you had a great time! Love you ring.
    Ps; hope you have an awesome time in Miami. Looking forward to the post.

    Funmi x
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    1. Thank you I did! And Miami was incredible, check out my post about it =o) Thanks for stopping by =o)

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  26. Must've been an awesome experience! I would do ALMOST anything to be able to go to a horse race and enjoy the entertainment and obviously the performances of the race horses.

    BBB xxx
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    1. It's such a fun atmosphere, especially with a good group of friends. Hope you get a chance to go one day =o)

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  27. Love that ring!! Your blog is so cute. :) Love! xoxo
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    1. Thank you so much! And yes I loved my friend's ring, it was the perfect occasion to wear it =o)

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  28. Oh my ostrich races hahaha. How amazing to watch! Race days are always great fun (so much excitement)

    Megan
    Denton & Lou 

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    1. Haha I know the ostrich races were quite entertaining to watch =o)

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  29. Oh, man, we moved to kentucky about seven years ago (I can't believe I just wrote that WHAT) and I had never even heard of the derby before I moved here but man alive it's all people talk about for all of April and most of May. Both of my older sister's go to school downtown and they get out a week before derby to avoid traffic. It is IN-SANE. and let's not even talk about thunder over louisville (which you can shorten to "thunder" and no one bats an eye.) But I guess all cities have their quirks. I'm glad you were able to come see it! The horses do always have the funnest names, don't they??

    I love the shots you captures - I can only imagine how hard horses are to take photos of!!

    Found your blog through your comment on ABM and loving your photos!!
    lottie

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    1. Well you must go! It's such an event, I hope we get to go again next year because it was such a fun day =o) You get to dress up and wear fun hats, it's really worth it =o) Thank you! I'm glad you like the photos, I took as many as I could and checked them once I got home to see how they turned out and was very pleased with myself =o) Thanks for sharing how you found my blog =o) Hope you continue to follow my adventures =o)

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x the Adventurer