Friday, November 6, 2015

The Best Is Yet To Come: 2015 Breeders' Cup

The minute it was announced that the 2015 Breeders' Cup would be in my beautiful city, I knew I had to go. If you don't know, the Breeders' Cup is considered the World Championship of horse racing and, similar to the Olympics, takes place in a different city every fall. It got its start here in Lexington, founded here in 1982, and over 30 years later it has come back home.

The paddock, decked out in purple
I was a little busy on Saturday (more about that later this week) so I was only able to attend on Friday, but I'm not complaining. The smaller crowd and less frenzy in comparison to Saturday was absolutely perfect, and it definitely didn't feel like there were 44,000 people there.

What started out as a pretty gloomy day eventually gave way to sunny skies that perfectly hit the red and orange leaves of the changing trees. The races themselves were all on-the-edge-of-your-seat thrills to see which horse would come out on top and win the beautiful flower garlands. I've loved the thrill of horse racing ever since I was little, so getting to see some of the best horses in the world race was pretty neat.

A photo posted by Courtney Layne Brewer (@misscourtneylayne) on

Dress: J.Crew // Pearls: J.Crew
Coat: Calvin Klein // Clutch: Kate Spade
Lipstick: Sephora

Getting to spend the day out at the track with my dad was probably the best part of the day. We had so much fun betting on races (ya girl came out with some cash!), doing some major people watching, and just spending the afternoon together. It wasn't too cold and was the epitome of a perfect fall Kentucky day.

The Breeders' Cup made me remember just how much I love Kentucky. When the sun set over a race track full of people celebrating what this state is known for, it was almost magical. People from around the world, people who thought Kentuckians didn't wear shoes and all lived in the sticks saw just what our state has to offer, and that's pretty cool to me.

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