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Remember that scene in Mary Poppins where they all jump into Bert’s chalk painting and turn into countryside dandies frolicking about, ending in a horse race? Well, I was hoping that the Kentucky Derby would be a little like that, but from the Infield perspective, Mary Poppins was nowhere to be found.
I loved the experience, the fashion was great, as were the mint juleps, but being in the Infield at the Kentucky Derby is like being lost in a sea of frat boys dressed as dandies and sorority girls dressed as Designing Women… and everyone is getting wasted. You can barely see the racetrack at all and everything is Disneyland prices. I enjoyed seeing all the hats and crazy outfits, but if I were gonna do the Derby again, I would most certainly find a richie rich to get me a nice seat in the grandstands to actually be able to see the horse races.
Animal Kingdom was this year’s winner. My horse pick, Comma to the Top, didn’t place, so I was happy that I spent all my betting money on over-priced liquor. All in all it was quite an adventure and crazy intense experience. The fashion and people watching was incredible. I posted a separate blog about the candid shots of Derby goers.
I enjoyed reading Hunter S. Thompson’s essay about the Derby, although there was far less vomit involved in my experience. I recommend reading it before you go to the Derby.
Next pour moi? Nascar, perhaps?
Here are some shots I took while walking around the Kentucky Derby. The fashions were just outrageous and people watching was probably my favorite Derby activity. Enjoy!