Yesterday, I attended one of my company’s quarterly management meetings at Churchill Downs. Now, the spring meet has yet to start – it begins on Saturday, the day after Keeneland’s spring meet ends. So, it was interesting to be out there during the calm before the storm. And, it’s probably the closest I’ve ever parked to Churchill. On Oaks and Derby, forget about it.
I do know that many of the Derby hopefuls are already at Churchill, getting the lay of the land. It’s such an exciting time of year here in the Derby City. If you ever have an opportunity to attend the Derby, run, don’t walk. It’s great fun and we'll be sure to treat you right. ;)
So, as we approach the busiest week in Louisville, where it's all things Derby, all of the time, thought I’d share some news about the goings-on in Derby Town.
This year, the always-lovely Historic Homes Foundation Derby Breakfast held at Farmington Plantation will be co-hosted by Garden & Gun Magazine and renowned garden designer Jon Carloftis. This annual event is always a favorite of the broad-brimmed-hats-and-seersucker crowd, so I think G&G’s partnership this year will complement the event quite nicely.
There will be live music, a southern breakfast buffet courtesy of Wiltshire Pantry and an open bar (Yeah, we start early on Derby Day; pace yourself, though. Derby is not for the faint of heart.)
So, if you happen to luck enough to score tickets to the Run for the Roses, consider purchasing additional tickets to the Historic Homes Foundation Derby Breakfast, which benefits the ongoing operation of Farmington Historic Plantation, Thomas Edison House and Whitehall House & Gardens, three local jewels. It’s a great way to kick-off Derby Day in style.
Image courtesy of Garden & Gun Magazine