Fashionable Fall Meet at Churchill Downs

When it comes to things I love about living in Kentucky, as cliche as it sounds, going to the races is right up there at the top. Derby week is right up there with my birthday and Christmas as my favorite time of the year. Love it so much.

So when an email from Churchill Downs popped up in my inbox with a fun offer for you lovely readers, I jumped all over it. Next Saturday, Thursday November 16th, Churchill Downs is hosting another one of their popular night racing events.

Each Downs after Dark event has a theme and next week’s is “My Fall Derby Style.” Anyone hitting up the track is encouraged to put their fall spin on Derby fashions. My recommendation is dress to impress because in addition to the live racing and entertainment, Churchill is hosting a fashion contest for the best Derby-inspired take on fall fashion. I’m already jealous of the winner who will receive two tickets to Derby 140 and have the chance to walk the red carpet. Fancy, huh?

Fall Racing Meet
I’m pretty pumped, and very flattered, that Churchill asked me to help judge the competition so I’ll be gawking over looks left and right. Don’t be offended if you see me staring, it could be your ticket to Derby!

Last but not least, I’m even more pumped to offer one lucky reader two tickets to the new Skye Lounge at Churchill Downs. The new premium setting, for the 21 and over set, was designed to create a swanky, exclusive are for racing fans looking to socialize the night {racing} away. Guests to the lounge will enjoy:

* Hors d’oeuvres designed by Executive Chef David Danielson
* Cocktail tastings by Southern Comfort, el Jimador & Finlandia Vodka
* Lounge environment
* Live DJ entertainment
* 5th story balcony views of the racetrack
* Racing program
* Additional premium menu items available for purchase for $5

Tickets are $40 and limited to 300 people which ensures it won’t get too crazy crowded. The bad news for anyone without tickets, they’re already sold out. The good news, I’m giving away two!

Here’s a few of my favorites from Derby 139 prep that could help with a little inspiration for next week’s event. I’ll probably be drawing from my gal’s black and white look but I love a little navy for fall too. I’m also still loving lace but just in deeper colors paired with tights and booties.

So if you’re on your game, you could win two tickets to night racing and then score two tickets to Derby with your fashionable ‘fit (need a little inspiration, head over here, here and here). May the odds be every in your favor.

  • The Goods: Two (2) Tickets to the Skye Lounge at Downs after Dark on November 16, 2013.
  • To Enter: To make things easier for everyone, I’m using RaffleCopter for this giveaway
  • REQUIRED: Comment below and answer the following question: What’s your favorite part about a day at the races?
  • BONUS ENTRIES: Use RaffleCopter to do as many or as few of these as you want. The more you do, the most entries you’ll get!
  • Giveaway Closes: Wednesday November 13 at midnight.
  • Winning: One entry per email address is permitted. The winner will be selected using and announced on Thursday, November 14th as an update to this post.
  • How to Redeem: I’ll drop you a line with deets on how to get your goodies.
  • Details: There will be one winner. Open to US Residents Only.

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  1. People watching! And bourbon 😉

    Posted 11.7.13 Reply
  2. julee wrote:

    Trifecta’s, baby! 😉

    Posted 11.7.13 Reply
  3. Leah wrote:

    Frolicking on the paddock!

    Posted 11.8.13 Reply
  4. Abbie wrote:

    Dressing up, of course!

    Posted 11.8.13 Reply
  5. Jacqueline wrote:

    Gawking at horses and fashion at the same time. 🙂

    Posted 11.8.13 Reply
  6. I love watching the horses… and the people!

    Posted 11.8.13 Reply
  7. Teddi wrote:

    I love betting on those ponies!!! Winning is even more fun…but I just love picking horses!

    Posted 11.8.13 Reply
  8. Kate wrote:

    The people watching, of course!

    Posted 11.8.13 Reply
  9. Lauren McGlory wrote:

    My favorite part of a day at the races is the horses, of course! There’s no other answer for a horse person like me to give. 🙂 I don’t mind hanging out with friends, dressing up, or sipping a good bourbon, either.

    Posted 11.8.13 Reply
  10. julie wrote:

    My favorite part is WINNING!

    Posted 11.8.13 Reply
  11. Beth wrote:

    Who’s the translucent gal?? Xx–pal

    Posted 11.9.13 Reply
  12. AJ wrote:

    I’ve never been to Downs After Dark, but I do love the people/style watching at the races 🙂


    Posted 11.10.13 Reply
  13. Erin wrote:

    Cashing my exacta ticket$!!

    Posted 11.11.13 Reply
  14. Carrie wrote:

    Watching the horses in the paddock pre-race to get an edge on the winner. Apparently, I’m not a good judge!

    Posted 11.11.13 Reply
  15. shannon wrote:

    This is SO FUN and this is the first time since 1997 (sort of exaggerating) we don’t have any weekend plans 🙂

    Posted 11.12.13 Reply
  16. Erinn wrote:

    Seeing how everyone gets dressed up:)

    Posted 11.13.13 Reply