From the monthly archives: "August 2012"

Saratoga is an amazing Race Track with so much history and traditions that accompany it. From the red and white painted wood all throughout the grandstand to the

Prints and Fascinators

carousel out front and the “FoxTrot Bands”…you can’t help but love the surroundings. However, even though I would easily drive fourteen hours for a weekend in Saratoga, I didn’t expect to be impressed by its racing fashion. I did expect the bar to be a bit raised on Traver’s Saturday but I wasn’t expecting the turn out that I received!

Fascinators were a plenty, some women wore some crazy hats, and even many of the men jumped on the Fashion at the Races train and wore some fabulous pants or stuck to a more safe fedora. Regardless we found plenty of people to photograph and all were very willing to flash  their big smiles on such a great day.

This year the FATR team took a different approach to the race day. As we stress so much throughout our website, the Horse Races are a place to have fun with your friends and enjoy the surroundings, fashion and of course the great Thoroughbreds. In our other “working” race days, we seem to swamp ourselves with taking photographs throughout the day as well as trying to enjoy the day. It never really works out perfectly one way or the other. So this round we chose something different. We arrived at the track early, did 4 hard hours of photographing, networking and shmoozing 🙂 and then we went back to the car, dropped off the work gear and got ready to relax and have a good time! We had friends up from NYC in the picnic area where we found ourselves enjoying the last few races of the day. And thats what it is all about! 🙂

Back to the Fashion though! There are three ladies that stuck out in my mind for the Race Fashionista’s of the day. Two friends were up in the clubhouse grandstand and both had great printed dresses on with the perfect complement of fascinators. The third lady I had to chase down outside the Grandstand (which is hard in heels, let me tell ya!) was wearing a brown and nude colored outfit and had a small hat that perfectly tied it all together. She had her hair in a nice bun which kept it out of her face and also helped to keep her cool for the day. Although this picture doesn’t do much justice, she gets the Race Fashionista of Traver’s Day Award with the other two ladies not far behind. WELL DONE!!

Race Fashionista

Advice to for next year? If your going the comfort route, wedges are the way to go at Saratoga (hurts me to say it). With all the concrete out front, tents to shop around in, dirt in the picnic area, heels are a tough sell. However, if you are heading straight up to seats in the clubhouse, heels will not be a problem. As always, the accessories are what set you apart from other well dressed ladies: shoes, jewelry, and of course headwear. Save the large hat for the Kentucky Derby and stick to something smaller, either a small hat (as our Race Fashionista did) or just a great fascinator. Need help finding one? Stay with us! We will be directing you to some great milliners, and can help you when you are on a tight budget…as I always seem to be! 😉

Bye Bye Saratoga! See you next year!! xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

Saratoga Springs provided us all with a fantastic summer carnival this year, and just when you thought that you been given all the excitement you could handle, it throwed up one last piece for us all.

Great Crowd at Saratoga Travers Day

 

We can’t say it was an historical day as a quick check of the books let us know that in 1874 the result was the same, but wow, what a race! A dead heat between the heavily favored Godolphin runner Alpha and the unlikely Golden Ticket, who maybe was named after the ticket that got Charlie his trip into the chocolate factory? I’m sure his connections felt like they had been given something special as well….a 35-1 winner of a one of America’s most revered Grade I races, some even call it the 4th leg of the Triple Crown.

 

Fast Falcon, sent off at 32-1, was a neck behind the winners in third place. Atigun, also trained by McPeek, was fourth, followed by Nonios, Neck ‘n Neck, Stealcase, Speightscity, Liaison, Five Sixteen and Street Life. The winning time for the 1 1/4 miles was 2:02.74.

Alpha returned $4.10, $5.10 and $3.90, and Golden Ticket paid $26.80, $26.40 and $11.80. Fast Falcon, trained by Nick Zito, returned $13.60.

 

This Travers may have been without what many believe are the best of the 3-year-old bunch, including retired Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another and Belmont winner Union Rags, but it turned into a race for the record books. As expected, Speightscity shot straight to the lead from the rail, with Stealcase second and Alpha racing comfortably in third place. With a quarter mile to go, Golden Ticket took the lead with a beautiful inside rail ride courtesy of Cohen and Alpha moved up to second. With the crowd cheering as the two raced to the finish, Alpha closed ground steadily down the straight and Durkin shout from high atop the Spa that it was too close to call as they hit the line. It also seemed neither Jockey was to sure of their mounts claim to the title as they both kept a lid on any celebrations after the post.

Dead Heat

 

In the end we all waited with our breath held and finally saw the numbers pop up with the words “dead heat” lit up alongside. It was a fitting end to what was truly an amazing and exciting race, both horses deserved to be winners and thats how it ended.

 

The only problem for the near future now, is whether there will be two canoes sitting in the lake painted with the winners colors, or will it be one canoe with a very different paint job!

What a great weekend of racing we have coming up!!

Kicking off this Friday at the Fabulous Saratoga racetrack with the Grade I Ballerina Stakes worth $700,000 for 3YO & Up Fillies and Mares then on Saturday we get three more Grade I’s including the meets pinnacle, the $1,000,000 Travers Stakes. But it doesn’t end there, come Sunday we have another Grade I at Saratoga, the Personal Ensign Invitational and then it all tops off with the $1,000,000 Grade I TGV Pacific Classic at Del Mar racecourse! Now that’s a lot to take in, but it makes for a fantastic 3 days of action.

For now, let’s have a quick look Fridays Ballerina stakes at Saratoga.

The small field of Seven should make for an even run race but with the likely withdrawal of It’s Tricky in favor of Sundays Personal Ensign, it will be Turbulent Descent who figures to be an odds-on favorite without the multiple Grade I winner stepping out. Turbulent descent, having its first start for new trainer Todd Pletcher after being purchased by Coolmore.

Nicole H will be seeking her third victory of 2012 and first since February in the Ballerina. The five-year-old mare won the Interborough and Correction over Aqueduct Racetrack’s inner track this past winter, and, while close, has yet to find the winner’s circle in five starts since, however, Saratoga’s leading rider, Ramon Dominguez, will be aboard Nicole H.

Competing in a Grade 1 for the first time is Island Bound, who rallied from last to just miss by a neck in the Grade 2 Honorable Miss Handicap on August 3. Victorious in the Grade 3 Winning Colors at Churchill Downs in her graded stakes debut, the five-year-old Speightstown mare has been training forwardly at Saratoga and trainer Ian Wilkes is hoping she will step up and perform well at this level. Julien Leparoux rides Island Bound.

The Ballerina also drew Grade 3 Bed o’ Roses winner Derwin’s Star; All Due Respect, most recently sixth in an overnight turf stakes at Belmont, and Belle of the Hall, fourth in the Honorable Miss.

Selections. 1.Turbulent Descent 2. Derwins Star 3.Nicole H

 

Steve Madden Wedges

 

Once the flowers begin to bloom, us girls know it’s time to put away our boots and bring out the pumps, peeps and wedges! If it isn’t already known……My name is B…and I am a shoe fiend….as every girl should be! Boots, pumps, peeps, wedges, whatever it may be I want it and I’ll do whatever it takes to get it! God bless those student loans…they are the only thing that keeps me in check!

Back to wedges though! They are the shoe choice of spring and the “go-to” for summer. Wedges most of the time are found to be more comfortable than the regular heel type. I have a pair of Michael Kors sandal wedges that I bought at full price, which was wayyyy over even my imaginary budget.  So of course I did what any self respecting shoe addict does, I rationally convinced myself (They deserved to be out in the world on display for all to enjoy, not stuck behind a window in some store! I was freeing them from a horrible fate)  why I needed them and then every time I wore them I divided the price to see how much they cost per wear. I’ve worn them over thirty times which was (of course) way worth the initial price!

But whats the point of my MK story?? I could wear them over twenty times because they were the more comfortable of the heel family, but they are also a daily styleworthy piece, which means they can go with anything, anywhere. Grocery store with shorts and a tee, picnic with a summer dress, out to the bars with white pants and a silk top. I have worn them to the races as well, especially after I was out Friday night with no-support pumps. Naughty naughty!

However, with saying that, they aren’t MEANT for everywhere. If I had a formal dinner, I wouldn’t be caught dead in a wedge. The wedge dresses a nice/formal outfit down compared to a regular heel.  Hear me out–If you have a white fitted dress (which you should) paired with a brown cork style wedge, you look good. BUT if you have the same white dress with patent black pumps…you look fabulous! And that’s the aim of the game!

Many of the summer wedges either have the cork or the hemp (like my MK’s). Both of these dress a formal outfit down. They are great with shorts, or a summer dress but for the races, they don’t do anything for the style award.

As you will read in my book as well as other blogs, there are different types of race days. The graded stakes days are a higher quality of racing, and therefore have a higher quality of style. My rule for wedges is: if there is a graded stakes then no wedge. On those days, we want to see you in nice dresses or skirts and heels! Check out more details on race days in the upcoming book “The Racing Girls Guide to Dressing Like a Winner”

Kate Spade “Kimmy” Wedge

 

You can wear wedges to the races if:

-If it’s not a Graded Stake Day

-If your feet hurt  from the night before (no one likes a wobbler)

-On any day: if it’s between flipflops and wedges…always wedges

If you’re a wedge girl and I can’t talk you from your ways, explore your options. Look for more formal wedges. The other day I found a patent pair in TJ Maxx from BCBG that is a good in between. These Kate Spade “Kimmy” Wedge heels are classic and dressy yet reasonably laid back. Also look for the more abstract heels that are new on the shelves. Either way, we want you with some sort of heel at the races! Show off  those gorgeous legs sister!

Cheers, xoxo B

 

The 2012 Breeders’ Cup is set to explode this year at Santa Anita Park in Los Angeles, California on November 2nd and 3rd. So we thought at 3 months out it may be a good time to remind you all to plan your trips and also start paying attention to some of the superstars race horses it may pay to follow come race day.

 

Breeders Cup has a  unique “Win and you’re In” racing program that has 73 qualifying races spanning 10 countries, each of the 15 Breeders’ Cup divisions have Challenge races. And a win gets you more than just an invitation. The Breeders’ Cup pays entry fees and provides travel allowances for the connections of the Challenge winners if they are nominated to the Breeders’ Cup program by October 22nd. Last year, 35 winners of Breeders’ Cup Challenge races participated in the World Championships, and there were 6 automatic berths for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Below is a link to the schedule you can follow which includes those winners who’ve already booked their tickets to the worlds richest 2 day carnival. Horses who are already proven superstars like Shackleford, Royal Delta and Game On Dude. There is also Video replays of some of the runs so you can access each horse and its potential.

 

http://www.breederscup.com/races/breeders-cup-challenge

 

With 52 races still to be completed, there are plenty of spots up for grabs and it will pay to watch these races to learn exactly what sort of talent will be on display at Santa Anita this year.

 

With this years theme being “The best IS YET to come” it promises to be a fantastic event both on and off the track, with a ‘Fascinators and Fedoras’ competition to provide attendees the opportunity to showcase their fabulous headwear on the day. Fashion at the Races will be in attendance to document this inititative and all the fashion and style that the event will bring out. The weather should be perfect and the celebrities should be aplenty, the last time Santa Anita hosted the event it was attended by such celebrities like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kurt Russell, Kobe Bryant, and all those Housewives of Orange County as well as Celebrity Chef (and Racehorse Owner) Bobby Flay. We suggest that you book your tickets early and find yourself some fantastic accommodation.

 

You can do this right here at the Breeders Cup website (see link below)

 

http://www.breederscup.com/

 

 

 

Today will see the 45th running of the Haskell Invitation at Monmouth Park.

 

Whilst the field is only a small one with 6 starters, there’s a few horses with the credentials to upset the starting line favorite Paynter. Paynter was a close second in the Belmont Stakes to Union Rags and his trainer Bob Baffert has 5 Haskell wins including the last 2 in a row.

 

Gemologist and Dullahan share the next line of betting and both have great credentials to take the race. Gemologist has not run since his unplaced Kentucky Derby run, before that he was undefeated, including  a Grade 1 victory in his 5th start. The Dale Romans trained Dullahan is already stakes placed on 3 surfaces and Romans was seconding this race last year with Shackleford so he knows which sort of horse to bring here.

 

The field is rounded out with Nonios, Handsome Mike and Stealcase. I think that Nonios a nice lightly raced horse who has a good future but will find this a little to hard. Stealcase is an interesting runner, facing Grade 1 company or the first time, he does a good formline with his 3rd by a neck to Paynter in the Kentucky Derby trial. Handsome Mike is the outsider of the field and I don’t think he’s capable of winning against this company, but his owners have had a pretty great year with “I’ll Have Another” (The horse who almost won this years Triple Crown) so maybe the luck might rub off!

 

I’m not going to pull any surprises here, I’m a big fan of Bob Baffert and I’ll think he will have Paynter ready to win, Gemologist is going to be my query runner as the Derby fail looked like he was a tired horse. If he’s come back well, and his track works been good then he’ll make a bid at some stage.

 

My choices will be 1.Paynter 2. Gemologist 3. Dullahan

 

 

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