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Monday, April 26, 2010

A Day at the Races

Horse racing season is here! Last Saturday was Foxfield, a UVA tradition that I always looked forward to when I was a student there (of course, the running joke at Foxfield is that you can spend the day there and never see a horse, which I have to admit is actually true). This weekend, it's Gold Cup out in The Plains and the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

A few racing highlights from the Brits (who know how the sport the heck out of a crazy hat) and from here across the pond.

The Grand National Horse Race, 1946

Princess Margaret and Queen Elizabeth with jockey Dick Francis

Princess Grace and Prince Rainier go to Ascot, 1966

Diana and the Queen Mother at Royal Ascot

Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice at Ascot; 

Zara Phillips at Royal Ascot

Modern English country style via Marie Claire

A colorful array of jockeys 

J McLaughlin Edie Silk Print Dress and 3/4 Sleeve Harbor Dress

Kentucky Derby Trophy
The mother of all tailgates! I love that someone had the foresight to bring a stuffed pheasant to really top things off...
Montpelier Hunt Races Tailgate Winner

While Derby Days call for a mint julep, this girl just cannot get on board with bourbon. The julep cups- well, I'll take those!

A Pimm's cup makes a refreshing alternative for a long day outdoors (and you might just be left standing at the end of the day!)

Recipe: Pimms Cup

  • Fill a Collins glass with ice.
  • Mix 1 part Pimms Cup No. 1 with 2 parts lemonade.
  • Stir or shake.
  • Top off with club soda, or use lemon-lime soda for a sweeter drink.
  • Stir lightly -- but do NOT shake again.
  • Garnish with a slice of Kirby cucumber; lemon wedge optional.


Chelsea Gwynne said...

the hats/fascinators are fabulous! Do you know of a good place to get them stateside?

Pemberley said...

My husband is British so we have Pimms a lot in the summer. The last time I was in London I stopped in at Fortnum & Mason and picked up a bottle of Pimms Vodka Cup. As the name suggests it is Vodka based not from Gin like the other Pimms. Very delish and refreshing! Nice post!

EJR said...

I'm with you on the Mint Julep, we just went to Keenland and I forced down a mint julep just so I could buy some cups later.

Alaina @ Live Creating Yourself said...

Ooo you left out Kate Middleton! She always has the best hats on at these events! LOVE the hats. I've never been to any kind of race. It would be quite the experience!


Chic Coles said...

I have always wanted to go to a horse race, but it has never happened...yet! It looks like such a glamorous place!

Constantstateofgrace said...

I went to the Henley Royal Regatta a year ago and have been on the man hunt for Pimms! Texans clearly do not understand! Love the post!

Averill said...

Never been to a race, but I do love a mint julep or a Pimms Cup (so maybe I just drink like a Southerner/English woman?).

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