Let’s start the story on Tuesday. I got out of work around 10 p.m. after putting last week’s issue of the paper to rest and drove downtown to one of my favorite places, PRIME Lounge for JOCKTAILS at the Breeders’ Cup. Presented by the J Wagner Group, Breeders’ Cup, & Grey Goose Vodka, JOCKTAILS is the only place you can go to see Jockeys bar tend where 100% of tips and donations go to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.
Skipping ahead a couple of days, on Friday I left work with my co-worker and Voice-Tribune Staff Writer, Ashley Anderson and headed down to Churchill Downs for our Fascinator& Fedora Friday event. We got there around 2 p.m. to set up and say hi to everyone at our booths by the Aritides Garden and in the Grey Goose Fascinator & Fedora Lounge. At 4 p.m. the contestants were lined up and ready to walk down the purple carpet for a chance to win $5,000. My job was to photograph and upload on site. I decided to make it a little more fun and also live-blogged about it along with photos, which sounded easy enough but turned into a mad rush between taking pictures, transferring to my laptop and uploading pictures live to the website all while the competition was still going on. Things ended up going super smoothly until my battery died and I had to sit on a stairwell with my computer as it recharged for 15 minutes.
After the checks were handed out I took a walk around Churchill Downs for a bit with Miss Anderson (always have a Matrix moment when saying that) before calling it quits before the last race and took the media shuttle (school bus) back to the lot and called it a night at the tracks. Later in the evening I went back to PRIME for the official after party but ended up leaving after only a drink from being so tired.
Yesterday I allowed myself to skip boot camp at Proformance and sleep in an extra hour. At around 2:30 p.m. I met up with my date for the day and we headed down for my first day at Breeders’ Cup where I wasn’t walking around with a camera around my neck.
Growing up I had no interest in going to watch horse races and even my first two times there I didn’t enjoy it much. It wasn’t until last year’s Breeders’ Cup, which I went to alone, that I finally fell in love with watching horses run around in an oval.
So we got to the track, wandered around aimlessly for half an hour trying to find the first floor grandstand. We lucked into sitting behind 7 New Yorkers that said “fuhgettaboutit” more times than I could count, had a pile of beer cans under their bench that would rival any trash can from a frat party and were probably the friendliest guys there (just don’t ask my co-worker that I ran into, she probably won’t agree). Needless to say, the 45 minutes between races flew by as we let their drunken antics entertain us for the 4 hours we were there. I only bet on the last race which I lost but still had a brilliant time regardless. It’s a shame that Breeders’ Cup won’t be returning next year (the world championship races split time between CA, NY and KY) but I’m already looking forward to Derby. We are exactly half way there after all.
You can see my pictures from Fascinator & Fedora Friday here.
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I read, I write, I watch stuff and most importantly I design and photograph for the Voice-Tribune full time. When I’m not doing those things then I’m probably eating something delicious or playing with my two cats. I live in Germantown and try to enjoy every day to the fullest.