Across the finish line

| May 11, 2011

The 137th Kentucky Derby.With weeks of festivities that lead our city to the biggest day in horse racing, it just seems a little unfair that it’s all over in a mere two minutes. Early Derby morning sunshine gave way to overcast skies Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs, but it’s hardly enough to put a damper on the massive crowd that made its way out to Central Avenue.

The 137th running of the Kentucky Derby proved to be the largest crowd in history. The hats and horses were out in full-force at Churchill Downs with everyone waiting to see which three-year-old would gallop past the finish line and take its place in history.

For any woman who is attending the Derby, the biggest decision before the big day is always what to wear. Special attention is always paid to what hat to wear, whether you like sophisticated, outlandish or feathery.

If you’re one who suffers from the post-Derby blues, Churchill Downs has come up with the perfect remedy to alleviate the pain.

Animal Kingdom crosses the finish line to win the 137th Kentucky Derby.

Animal Kingdom crosses the finish line to win the 137th Kentucky Derby.

Friday, May 13, Churchill will offer free admission for loyal fans as a way of saying thank you for helping the track put on a memorable and successful Kentucky Derby week. Nationally-known artists Villebillies will play in the historic setting of the Paddock. Gates open at 1:30 p.m. with the first post is 2:45 and the last post at 7:54.

Mingling in the crowd is a perfect opportunity to take notice of the women, men and couples who will contend for this year’s Best Dressed of Louisville Presented by Churchill Downs. We feel fortunate at The Voice-Tribune to have such a partnership, and for that, we have begun the early stages of planning another rock star event. But remember, we need the public to get involved with the nomination process. You know the drill, visit to submit your nomination.

Our main goal is not only to get the public passionate about the event, but also to raise awareness for our benefiting charity Dress for Success. It’s our way of giving back to the community and an organization in need. We honor Dress for Success and can have a little fun along the way while doing so.

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Lori Kommor

Lori Kommor, Columnist/Event Chair

Lori wears many hats: writing two weekly columns, chairing The
Voice-Tribune’s events and keeping the staff fed with a stash of snacks
Willy Wonka would envy. She’s a fervent high school soccer fan (go
Collegiate!) and has the raspy voice to prove it after game days.

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