Run For The Roses

The Kentucky Derby

Riders Up

It's that magical time of the year again. Yes, it's the Kentucky Derby, and Jennifer is going. Whether you are also planning on making it to Churchill Downs, you're hosting or attending a Derby party, or just love the elegance and pageantry of the Derby, we thought we'd share what Jennifer has in mind for the first weekend in May. 

After a couple of years' hiatus of going to the Kentucky Derby in person, we are so excited to go back to Churchill Downs for the most exciting two minutes in sports! Actually, there are races all day Friday and Saturday. The Kentucky Derby is one of the last races of the day on Saturday, May 7th, but other races start at 10:30 a.m.

Friday is the Longines Kentucky Oaks, which is another full day of races, but these are for 3-year old fillies (female horses). It’s always the day before the Derby. There is actually a parade on the racetrack on the Oaks day to celebrate breast and ovarian cancer survivors, which I think is really special. 

The best part of the Derby for me is all the colorful outfits and hats the men and women wear. I didn’t realize when my husband first took me to the Derby that there were two days so, imagine the anxiety of having to come up with two outfits! One thing I have learned is that the weather is unpredictable so always bring a shawl or wrap.

This year I am wearing long sleeves, so I will be sure to be warm. On the Oaks day I think I will wear a cute floral dress from LoveShackFancy and my new Vobbia in natural crochet. I think it goes nicely with my white hat. I’ll wear my Collette Braided Leather Hoop Earrings.



On Saturday I’m going to wear my new navy hat and my equestrian jewelry – bracelet and earrings. I’m going to carry my tan Devonia Crossbody, which is going to look so cute!



The most famous race in America started in 1872 and is known the world over. It has taken place every year since then -- through pandemics, world wars, and economic hardships.



Truly an exhilarating experience, thoughts of the Derby also bring to mind Mint Juleps, Derby pie, and Burgoo stew. It is a feast for all your senses. 



Besides being called The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports, it is also known as The Run for the Roses. This is because the winner is awarded a blanket of 554 red roses in a tradition that goes back to 1883. We love the symbolism and beauty of this. As our fans know, roses are often a part of Patricia's designs from the rose tooled leathers to the new Citrus Rose and Citrus Rose Placement prints to our English Rose jewelry. 

Whether you are heading to the Derby or any of the other upcoming races (think Preakness and Belmont Stakes) or maybe you have a list of weddings and parties to attend, or you just want to update your look, check out our Kentucky Derby Collection