Derby 2016 Download

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What. A. Weekend. From long days spent at the track and dinners on distillery lawns to after parties than went too late – it was easily one of the longest weekends I’ve had in months, but also one of the best that I’ve had in a while. 

I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect with Derby 2016, as I’ve never been before, but I’ll be honest and say that I went in slightly hesitant. I’m not the biggest fan of long lines, huge crowds, and drunk people – especially when they’re combined in tight spaces on hot days. 

But all in all, I was pleasantly surprised by my experiences at Derby. I wandered around the track on Thurby and placed bets with friends, spent Oaks in Millionaires Row, and hung out on the Red Carpet for Derby. All in all it was a successful and fun-filled weekend.

Will I be back next year? Most definitely. But I don’t think I’ll agree to all three days. By the time Derby day rolled around I was so worn out (with some serious blisters) that I felt like a zombie walking around in a Perry Ellis suit for most of the day. 

Like they say, hindsight is 20/20. My advice would be to pick one day to go at it full force. Take it easy and enjoy all that Louisville has to offer the other two days – because this time of year something Derby related is going on everywhere you look. 

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Big thanks to Churchill Downs, Department of Travel and Tourism, Perry Ellis, Agentry PR, and Taylor Strategy for making this weekend possible.