Even if you're not a fan of horse racing, the running of the Kentucky Derby isn't just about the sport. From the hottest celebs that attended the event to sweet sips like mint juleps, the fun couldn't be stopped by this year's drizzle. The first race of the Triple Crown was met with mud splatters and a hot race, ending with Orb splashing through the finish line, making jockey Joel Rosario the first Dominican to win. Orb was the five-to-one favorite and burst out of the gates to run the track in 2:02.89. Click through for a few highlights from the running of the 139th Kentucky Derby.
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At yesterday's Kentucky Derby, stars like Lauren Conrad and Coco Rocha showed that the best addition to a big hat is a gorgeous beauty look. Stars came out to cheer on their favorite horses — and they didn't disappoint on the beauty front, either. Click through to see some of the best looks from the weekend.
Despite the rain, the 139th Kentucky Derby rolled into Churchill Downs today, bringing with it all the hats, horses, and mint juleps that mark the annual event. Stars got a head start on celebrating last night at parties all over Louisville, and the fun continued today as famous faces and fans watched Orb win the Kentucky Derby in the stands. Lauren Conrad, who flew in on Thursday, brought a neutral look and lavish topper to bet on the horses, while Armie Hammer and his wife were dressed to the nines as well. Krysten Ritter and Jennifer Tilly chose over-the-top hats for their day at the races, and model Coco Rocha met up with Steffi Graf for a special event yesterday. There were plenty more stars to see, so click through now!
The Kentucky Derby is every woman's chance to express her inner Southern belle, according to the annual horse race's website, which provides guidelines and gentle suggestions for women's attire. The crowning glory of a Southern belle's ensemble? A standout hat.
If the Derby headdresses remind you of something you've seen on Kate Middleton, the queen, or Princess Beatrice, perhaps it's because the founder of the Kentucky Derby modeled the race after European-style racing events like the Royal Ascot, which mandates full morning dress for men and hats for women. When the Kentucky Derby began in 1875, both American and British women alike wanted to wear their finest to the races, and in those days that definitely included a hat. While statement headwear is typically not necessary formal attire in America today, the tradition stuck at the Kentucky Derby. There's also a practical concern: the hat keeps the sun out of your eyes.
At Louisville's Churchill Downs, a woman's choice of headwear often depends on where she's watching. In the general admission infield, hats tend to be eccentric, while those in the seated areas verge toward elegant. Almost all come with some combination of feathers, flowers, and ribbon, and the finished product is believed to bring good luck to gamblers at the races. Before this weekend's big race, check out some recent headwear highlights from the Derby.
The 139th Kentucky Derby is this weekend! Horse fanatics, hat-wearing women, and spectators will gather at Churchill Downs for the legendary races. Celebrities like to get in on the fun too, with Zoe Saldana, Ian Somerhalder, Miranda Lambert, and then-newlyweds Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey being just a few of the names that have traveled to the South for the big event in years past.
Click through to see all the wide-brimmed toppers, bright sundresses, and star couples as we celebrate the Kentucky Derby this weekend!
We're off to the 2013 Kentucky Derby races — or at least, dressing the part. Whether that actually means you're headed to Churchill Downs or rooting for your favorite horse at a friend's party, there's one accessory that will supply all the Derby chic you'll need, and that, of course, is a gorgeous hat. What better place to draw outfit (read: head gear) inspiration from than the royals abroad? Namely, Kate Middleton and her sister, Pippa, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, and Queen Elizabeth II. We're zeroing in on the most masterful works of hat art, courtesy of our favorite royal figures. Let this be a lesson: where royalty and the Kentucky Derby are concerned, the more dramatic the hat, the closer to heaven. Click on for all the inspiration you'll need.
Today kicks off the 139th Kentucky Derby! Watching the horse race is a great excuse to host a party and an even better excuse to enjoy some delicious Southern cuisine. Doesn't drinking a mint julep and eating pimento cheese sound like an awesome way to spend an afternoon? If you're ready to take a culinary trip (without the airline ticket), browse the best of our Southern recipes now.
— Additional reporting by Lisette Mejia
With the Kentucky Derby coming up this weekend, mint juleps are probably on your radar. But if bourbon isn't your thing or you're just looking for something different, boy have we got the liquor list for you. From piña colada mojitos to twists on classic cocktails, here are nine refreshing drinks with mint to get you in the racing (and sipping) spirit.