LOUISVILLE, Ky-- "Louisville's Day At The Downs," a public and Catholic school holiday, and work day off for many adults too, culminated as always late Friday afternoon, with the 139th running of the all-fillies race, the Kentucky Oaks.
Fans from not only the 'Ville, but Evansville, Denver, even San Francisco, are all on hand for the weekend, including Saturday's Derby, the "Greatest 2 Minutes In Sports." Many of all genders wore at least a splash of pink, to honor breast cancer awareness, and those who've been afflicted with the ailment.
The fashions we spotted included a man's purple custom suit with pink tennis shoes... a bachelorette party finally finding a 2nd-time use for some clothes-- all wearing old bridesmaids' dresses from other weddings... and a lady from Louisiana who's getting into the Derby hat business. You can meet a lot of these folks too, right here...
The Oaks Day crowd files toward seats at Turn 1
Bridegroom Nick Hansen, on the left in the purple suit (with hot pink tennis shoes you can't see) is fulfilling a lifelong dream, bringing the guys of his bachelor party to the Oaks & Derby from Denver, Colorado
The Louisville hosts are Julia and Mark Bacon-- their Derby weekend guest, and she even spelled her name so we'd get it right... on the right, Crunchy Wells, from Evansville, Indiana
Eric, in the pink tie & sunglasses, had been to the Oaks & Derby before. This year, he got a group of friends together for the journey all the way to the 'Ville from San Francisco for his wife Shannon's (in the black hat and striped dress) birthday. On the far right, Keeley Ryan also spoke to us for the news, about the Derby being on her personal bucket list
One of the li'l jockeys inviting race fans to the Longines tent. The European timekeeper is now the title sponsor of the Longines Kentucky Oaks
Sonja & AJ keep it casual, and a little more Western... they've been coming to the races from Taylorsville for more than 20 years
Louisville-based June bride Krista Nelson (far right) brought her whole bachelorette party together from around the country for the Oaks... and to prove yes you can wear that garment again!! They're all wearing old bridesmaids' dresses from previous weddings!
Louisville locals Sherri & Gerald Howe tell us they appreciate how the city dresses up and turns out for the Oaks & Derby weekend
Karen Bubiltz, on the left, has launched a Derby-hat business from Louisiana. She made these hats for herself, and her friend Chelsea Hintz. The gentleman didn't give us his name, ladies...
Our presumption is this gentleman invented the game Twister. Can't wait to see his Derby suit!!