Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks in pictures

Weeks leading up to my journey to the Kentucky Derby, I heard over and over “I can’t wait to see your pictures!” and “PLEASE, fill my news feed with pictures!” I have SO many pictures that I’m going to have to separate them into two posts. Enjoy the 2013 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks in pictures.

Next week, we’ll focus on Derby hats and fashion highlights.


What an experience! Everywhere we looked there was something to see, and take a picture of! this image is from Millionaire Row, which overlooks the infield, track and stands above the boxes.


my husband on Friday at the Kentucky Oaks. Traditionally, Friday has been a more casual, local day, but it’s increasingly becoming a national party. The theme is “Pink Out” with a benefit to Breast Cancer Awareness and survivors.


Dressed in our pink for the Pink Out


One of the more touching moments of the Derby, after the Oaks race is complete, we salute the survivors. It was amazing to see the number of people marching on the track–young and old, male and female.


If you an get close enough, you can pet a leader horse–a horse that leads the racing horses onto the track before a race.


I just loved that one of the Derby sponsors, Vineyard Vines, decorated a tractor. Excellent marketing. Later, we also say Vineyard Vines decorated cabs in town.

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Steve with our amazing host, Kevin Groves, up at Millionaire Row overlooking the race track and infield.

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A far quieter day than the Kentucky Derby Day, partiers getting started on the infield


Steve’s first, of many, Mint Juleps. We were warned we wouldn’t like them well. Apparently, he did.

Kentucky Oaks Lily

The signature drink of the Kentucky Oaks (Friday) is the Lily. This was my drink of choice for the weekend (and will likely be this summer, too.) Recipe coming soon.


The only celebrity we posed with was Jason Biggs. From left, Nancy Groves (my fabulous hostess), Jason Biggs, Suzanne Sims, and some random guy who enjoyed jumping in.


Derby Day the infield was far more crowded, despite the downpour.


Don’t these guys look great? Toasting their luck are Tom Sims, Steve and Kevin Groves


This guy was a good sport,as Steve teased him he was impersonating Colonel Sanders.


with my new friends, Suzanne and Nancy in the Turf Club at the Kentucky Derby.

mom of 3 and wife living in the Philadelphia suburbs, Julie is a former elementary school teacher and a Public Relations manager. She is the owner/editor of Julieverse, a merchandiser with Chloe + Isabel ( and founder VlogMom and Splash Creative Media. A marketing strategist and freelance education and parenting writer by trade, Julie attempts to carve out time to enjoy playing with her kids, PTO, cooking and exercise.

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  1. Janie Lam Meyers says

    The photos are almost as good as being there with you. You & Steve both look great! Can’t wait for more!


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