Wanderlust: The Kentucky Oakes

What do you do when in Kentucky? Why, watch horses run around in a circle! All jokes aside, when we picked “Kentucky” out of the hat of fate we knew we had to go to Churchill Downs and experience the state’s pride and joy: Derby Weekend.

We didn’t go to the actual Derby. We chose, instead, to go to the Kentucky Oakes because it’s Girls Weekend and we want to support our filly athletes out there 😉

The Longines Kentucky Oaks is America’s premier and most lucrative race for 3-year old fillies – female horses – held each year on the day before the Kentucky Derby. This feature race is a $1 Million Grade 1 stakes race and awards the winning filly a garland of lilies, appropriately named “lilies for the fillies.”

As is tradition, all the ladies donned their best dresses, hats, and fascinators. We took plenty of pictures before leaving for the day, since we found out – the day before – that you’re not allowed to bring cameras to Churchill Downs. So the photos below that are taken at Churchill Downs are taken with my phone, god bless technology.

While the weather didn’t cooperate fully, we still had an amazing time betting, drinking mint juleps, and watching races. Marla even won once!

One of my favorite aspects of these trips we take is how they push me to do things and attend events I never would have on my own. But stepping out of the everyday and experiencing something new is what life is all about.

So enjoy the photos below and remember something that holds true in so many situations: “Caution: all our horses bite.”


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