Galloping into NaBloPoMo

I am stumbling in to this month's National Blog Post Month to try it out and see what happens. We'll see where this experiment goes. So far, I'm off to a real horse lover's start....more

Kentucky Derby: The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Celebrity Hats

Oh, Celebrities. You make everything more fun. Even The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.Hollywood headed south this weekend to lend their glitz to the Kentucky Derby's glamour, and the results, of course, do not dissapoint. Except for the Brits on a Royal Wedding Day, nobody does it better. (Or at least, nobody tries as hard.)...more
Love hats and your captions were so fun :)more

Citrus Mint Julep

[Editor's Note: Though the Kentucky Derby has raced on by this year, there's no rule that there have to be horses on the track to enjoy this refreshing twist on a traditional cocktail. This variation looks particularly delicious! --Genie]...more

Hats Off for the Kentucky Derby

Fear not party fanatics - even if the Royal Wedding is over, you have another occasion to don your favorite hat and celebrate this weekend. The countdown is on for the biggest day in horseracing of the year....more

Highlights From the Kentucky Derby

Over an inch of rain made the 136th Kentucky Derby a moist one, but weather can't stop the world's most iconic horserace -- the thundering hooves, big hats and mint juleps went on as planned. (They had sleet in 1989.) Though my fancy lid and I stayed home this year, it was still thrilling to see jockey Calvin Borel -- who pulled off an unbelievable last-minute victory last year -- work his magic once again and ride Super Save to a muddy 2 1/2-length victory over Ice Box. ...more

Female Jockeys Saddled Up, Rode Over the Odds

By Regina VarolliWeNews correspondentLegendary female jockey Julie Krone is the subject of a movie now in the making called "Freak." That spurs Regina Varolli to look back over the 40 years since jockey Diane Crump became the first woman to race professionally in the "Sport of Kings."(WOMENSENEWS)--Movie director Katherine Brooks ("Loving Annabelle," 2006, and "Waking Madison," 2009) is making a film about the life of legendary female jockey Julie Krone....more

Update: With All of Us at her Back, It's Rachel Alexandra

by Chris Lombardi It happened in one minute and 55 seconds, too quickly to cheer properly: the first filly since 1924 to win the iconic Preakness Stakes. "The lady is a champ," The Daily News reported gleefully: ...more

Rachel Alexandra and Marylou Whitney

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Contemplating Fame and Celebrity from the Kentucky Derby

If ever the word 'hoopla' applied to an event, this would be it. Beyond the race, hats and fashions, the Kentucky Derby includes parties and red carpet celebrities. I did my best to absorb both and ended up pondering the weirdness of fame and how the velvet ropes and steel barricades so clearly divide dimensions of reality. The humans-on-parade scene would make an ideal study for a Masters in sociology. I know, I know - I should have drunk more. (My Derby Red Carpet photos here.) ...more

Hats and Fashions of the Kentucky Derby

When it comes to fashion at the Kentucky Derby, there is no such thing as 'over the top' although classic styles usually lead. Elaborate chapeaus, bright spring silks, seersuckers suits, pastel linens, classic bow ties (no clip-ons), race-themed accessories, feathers, flowers and fancy shoes. It's all part of the panoramic people display unique to the Derby. As for the hats? ...more

Thanks, Erin! Maybe we can get a High Tea going at BlogHer this year ... good excuse to wear ...more