Monday, May 3, 2010

Back to Reality

Actress Diane Lane at the 2010 Kentucky Derby. She's starring in the film "Secretariat," due out October. 8.

The hoopla of Derby has come to an end and now it’s time to return to reality. Hope I didn’t bore you last week with the endless talk about horses, juleps and hats.

Our party went off without a hitch and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. Okay, there was one hitch. For about 40 minutes, we lost power. Apparently a car hit a utility pole in the area and about 1,300 households were out. But, once it came back on, all was good. Alas, I didn’t have the winner, Super Saver. Why I didn’t bet on this horse is beyond me. Jockey Calvin Borel has an amazing racing record and Super Saver is a mudder, so considering the horrible weather we had that day, it was a match made in heaven. I bet Paddo O’Prado to win, but he came in third. Oh, well.

The Hollywood and sports celebs were out in full force this year, staking their spots on Millionaires’ Row. Those in attendance included Justin Timberlake, Diane Lane, Tom Brady, Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Connell, Terry O’Quinn (Locke from “Lost), Bode Miller, Johnny Weir, Dr. J., Jamie Pressley, Terrell Owens, Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz, Oscar Nunez (“The Office”), Smokey Robinson and so many more. Not sure when it happened, but Derby has turned into quite the star event.

Diane Lane is such a class act – loved her ensemble for the Derby (see above). She also served as grand marshal of the Pegasus Parade, since she’s starring in the film “Secretariat,” based on the story of the amazing Triple Crown winner. Of course, a great deal of it was filmed in Kentucky. The film is due out in October 2010.

If you bet on the Derby, hope you had a winner. By the way, did you see the guy who won the Visa contest and bet the $100,000? He bet Super Saver and won $900,000! Now he can buy a decent toupee. Sheesh.
Photo courtesy of The Courier-Journal


LPC said...

I think you look very much like Diane Lane:). I actually thought it was a picture of you at first. No kidding.

QueenBeeSwain said...

it's like the Great Pumpkin, isn't it?! soooo much anticipation and flies by in a second! at least you get to have "it" every year :)



Same Sweet Girl: Memoir of a Southern Belle said...

I did bet on Super Saver!!! Woo hoo!! I only bet 5 dollars though. LOL Love the toupee comment. I was thinking the SAME THING! :D

myletterstoemily said...

hee hee! he's going to be reading
about his bad toupe everywhere.

you are too funny to mention it.

diane lane is perfection. i love how she
is aging so gracefully.

i was thinking that you have personified
the saying, "write what you know." this
has been such fun for those of us who
will never go to a horse race.

James said...

I really enjoyed your Derby post. I agree with LPC that photo does like like you would have had you scored your tickets.

Main Line Sportsman said... about that hair piece...truly hilarious. I actually felt bad for him....until his pick won....

Kerr said...

everyone at my party said the same thing! his hair was awful

Jeanne said...

She looks sensational!!


Jo said...

I enjoyed all your fun and informational derby posts ~ looking forward to next year. Too funny ~ those were my exact words when I saw him ~ if he had the ability to bet that amount, he should have been able to afford something a little more natural looking ~ I think The Donald may have some competition ;)


Erin said...

I am glad the sun came out for the race...that guy sure picked a winner! xx

the pink prep said...

oh what fun! glad you had a great time despite rain and power outages! i actually did pick the winner (only by chance and out of a hat) but won $100! I was thrilled. it was great to get caught up in the hoopla with you. my yankee neighbors truly enjoyed this taste of the south we introduced them to, and we plan on making it an annual event!

Lisa said...

Oh my gosh you are toooo funny. When Mr. Visa was jumping up and down I thought he was going to lose the toup!
You know, I have to say, ugggh, the Derby is much prettier on NBC. I love the nostalgia of Derby and Churchill. But I always want to tell the hollywood peeps to go home...Next year we will watch from our own backyard, well actually Keeneland. Great to visit with you.

Lisa said...

One more thing....about the hollywood comment. Diane Lane is so classy and beautiful. She added such a touch of grace to the day. I can hardly wait to see Secretariat!
It's been too long since Seabisquit.
ok that's all.

Elizabeth said...

i thought diane looked so gorgeous too! she is a classic beauty.

my family and i were laughing about the guy getting a new toupee also:)

bevy said...

I loved your Derby posts as well... how fun that you get to experience it all and the hoopla!

Yes.. it is back to reality. But what memories you have and will get to have again and again!

sophiedahydesigns said...

We watched the man as he realized his win. It was great fun especially after watching Super Saver advance to win. Do you know how that man was chosen to bet the $100,000? We never heard them explain that.

sara said...

Diane Lane is just lovely - I've always been a fan of hers! And I'm still laughing about that guy's terrible toupee - at least now he has the money to buy a much better headpiece!