Derby Day is upon us! As is tradition on the first Saturday in May, the 143rd annual Kentucky Derby will be run at Churchill Downs outside of Louisville, Kentucky May 6th. The Kentucky Derby is the longest running sporting event in the United States, dating back to 1875. This event is often called “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.” The winner will be awarded the garland of roses along with a large cash prize and a chance at the Triple Crown. The Triple Crown requires the horse to win the Kentucky Derby, then two weeks later win the Preakness Stakes, and then three weeks later win the Belmont Stakes. In all of racing history, only twelve horses have achieved the Triple Crown. In 2015, American Pharaoh won a Triple Crown and was the first horse to achieve this since 1978.
Crowds will gather this Saturday to sip mint juleps, watch the races and hope to win big on a long shot bet. The traditional fashion of the derby is southern chic- hats, pearls, and bowties are encouraged.We’ve got you covered in the pearl department at least! Below are some of our equestrian pendants on pearls, gold chains and even white turquoise.
Two Chicks and Company (2 locations)
12121 Shelbyville Road • Louisville, KY 40243
124 Southland Drive • Lexington, KY 40503
3712 Lexington Road • Louisville, KY 40207
Cartwheels Paper and Gifts
3919 Chenoweth Square • Louisville, KY 40207
410 W Vine ST Suite 269 • Lexington, KY 40507
Presiding over this festival is a Royal Court, including 5 princesses, who are selected from more than 100 applicants based on high grades, knowledge of the Derby Festival, poise, intelligence, personality and campus and community involvement. These young women represent the Kentucky Derby Festival and the city of Louisville as official ambassadors for the springtime tradition of the Festival. Over the two-week period, they attend nearly 70 events. Many area shops and vendors offer their clothes and accessories for the princesses to wear to these events. This year we are honored to be a part of the princesses wardrobe with our gold racehorse necklace (seen up close in the second photo). The necklaces were given by the Two Chicks & Company (one of our wonderful retailers listed above).
The Derby Festival’s Royal Court Program is coordinated by The Fillies, Inc., a volunteer group that works closely with the Festival. Each woman will receive a $2,000 scholarship ($1,000 from the Fillies and $1,000 from the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation). One of the Princesses is crowned the Derby Festival Queen by a spin-of-the-wheel at the annual Fillies Derby Ball which takes place in early April. This year’s queen is Natalie Brown of Crestwood, Kentucky.
The Kentucky Derby Festival all leads up to this Saturday, and the post time for the “Run for the Roses” as the Derby is commonly referred to. Who will win the coveted roses? A favorite or an underdog? You’ll have to tune in to see! Whether you are watching at home or at Churchill Downs, you have a great excuse to wear our beautiful horse jewelry, a fabulous hat, and yell “Go, Baby, Go!”
Off to the races!
Susan Shaw Jewelry