On Friday we went to Loretto, KY to visit the Maker's Mark Distillery. Maker's Mark is my mom's favorite bourbon. It was very neat to learn the process of making bourbon, see the bottles and labels on the assembly line and then finally get to dip my own bottle in the signature red wax.
Saturday was Derby Day! We got to Churchill Downs during race #3 and stayed through #11 the Derby race. Here is a pic of my new Derby outfit by Rebecca Taylor and of course it is topped with a wide brim hat.
This is me, Michael, mom & Aunt Jan trackside for one of the turf races.
It didn't rain on Saturday but the track was very sloppy. The rain for the day before made it very cool and the horses got MUDDY when they ran. I'm glad there were no injuries this year.
The first race I bet on was a turf race. There was a horse named "Jazz in the Park." I put $5 to win because my cat's name is Jasmine and I call her Jazz for short. Jazz in the Park ended up winning and was a long shot. On my 1st race I took home $88. Great way to start the day off. I bought this bridle bit bracelet with my winnings.
Michael, me & mom toasting the Derby race about to begin. I picked #16 "Pioneer of the Nile." Michael had #7 "Papa Clem" and mom had #11 "Chocolate Candy."
After the bugle sounding, singing My Old Kentucky Home and seeing the horses loaded into the gate...they're off.