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#TripleCrown Fashion for Every Race – #CiaratogaStyle 

 

Photos by Eclipse Sportswire

 Fashion is a strong tradition at all three Triple Crown events. (All Photos by Eclipse Sportswire)
The Triple Crown is not only memorable for racing but also for the fun fashion that accompanies it! Let’s take a look at the three races and how style plays a different role in each of them. 

Kentucky Derby fashion is like seeing the first sign of spring. People wait all winter for the Triple Crown to begin, so they tend to go big and bright for the first Saturday in May! Derby day fashion is full of large hats for the ladies and vibrant color schemes on gents. Fillies run the day before, Kentucky Oaks day when Churchill Downs recognizes survivors and those affected by breast and ovarian cancers. Most attendees choose to honor the female horses and cancer survivors by wearing pink. On Derby day, get ready to see people dressed to the nines from men in fedoras and bow ties to fantastic fascinators and dresses. As the race is the run for the roses, many like to incorporate the flowers into their outfit choices as well! 

Kentucky Derby fashion:

 

Photos by Eclipse Sportswire

 
The second leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes, is unique when it comes to style. The race held at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore is also referred to as the run for the Black-Eyed Susans, the state flower of Maryland. Yellow and black are also in the state flag of Maryland, which is reflected in all of the Preakness’s overall design and decor. You’ll see lots of these colors throughout the clubhouse of Pimlico, although inside the infield, track goers tend to be much more casual as they watch the races during the two-day infield music festival. Many trade in their dressier attire and take to the party scene that Preakness is known for and take a more relaxed feel to this race.

Why not take a little style “breather” at the midway point? 

Preakness fashion:

 

Photos by Eclipse Sportswire

 
Ah, the Belmont Stakes. The grand finale. The last jewel of the Triple Crown … the moment we all have been waiting the last 37 years for. This race day calls for simplicity and elegance, so you want to go out of the gate in style, and what color scheme exudes that more than black and white?

Belmont fashion: 

Photos by Eclipse Sportswire

 
Keep it classy and bring out that Big Apple charm for the run for carnations with a nice patterned dress and hat or black blazer and dress pant. Looking to go off the beaten path in terms of styling for Belmont? Try dressing for your favorite horse or potential Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah. Just take a look at the Chromie above who went the extra length to support his favorite horse last year!  Are you next?

/ xo, ci / 

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#CiaratogaPicks: 2015 @PreaknessStakes 

The Run For The Black Eyed Susan awaits! Will American Pharoah and Victor Espinoza cross the finish line for their 6th consectuive win today and bring us one step closer to a Triple Crown? Here are my selections for the 140th running of The Preakness Stakes. 

1st –#1 American Pharoah: It’s hard to deny the talent that American Pharoah holds. The 2015 Kentucky Derby winner is the heavy morning-line favorite at 4-to-5 odds in Saturday’s Preakness and, though will be hard to beat, there are a few other strong contenders on the field.

2nd – #8 Firing Line: Firing Line who finished second by one length behind American Pharoah in the Kentucky Derby could easily be victorious given the shorter distance and with Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens aboard.

3rd – #4 Danzig Moon: I’d also keep an eye out for Danzig Moon this time around and add him to your exotic bets at 15-1 odds. The Malibu Moon colt – Malibu Moon also sired 2013 Kentucky Derby winner Orb – has been steadily improving and I don’t think we’ve seen the best of him yet.

4th – #2 Dortmund: Can’t forget about Baffert’s other boy. I’ll be sure to the 3rd place Kentucky Derby finishers into my bets. Substitute spaces I’ve added Danzig Moon in my selections for him if you’re a fan!

CiaratogaPicks:

$5 trifecta:  1,8 with 1,4,8 with 4,8 = $20

(1) American Pharoah, (8) Firing Line with (1) American Pharoah, (4) Danzig Moon, (8) Firing Line with (4) Danzig Moon, (8) Firing Line

$10 exacta: 1 with 4,8 = $20

(1) American Pharoah with (2) Danzig Moon, (8) Firing Line = $20

$6 win/place/show: 8 

(8) Firing Line

 

Giddy up and good luck! 

/ xo, Ci /

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#CiaratogaPicks: Making Money Betting #AmericanPharoah @PreaknessStakes


Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah will be a heavy favorite in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes. (Photo by Eclipse Sportswire)

All eyes will be on 2015 Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah on Saturday as he attempts to conquer the second jewel of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. 

American Pharoah and jockey Victor Espinoza have had five consecutive wins together since September 2014, and at 4-5 odds on the morning line, it seems the oddsmaker thinks the pair is very likely to make it six.

There are a number of reasons why American Pharoah has a great chance of winning the Preakness Stakes:

Speed: American Pharoah is one of the fastest horses in the field in terms of Beyer Speed Figures, where his career high is 111. Pimlico’s track is also known to be a bit kinder to early speed than Churchill Downs. That combined with a potential for some precipitation, which American Pharoah showed he didn’t mind in the Rebel Stakes, might work to his advantage.

Competition: With only eight entries, this is a significantly smaller field than the Derby or and most recent Preakness fields. Although American Pharoah drew the inside post, he has beaten four of his competitors before and did so in the Derby despite breaking from a far outside post.

Distance: At a distance of 1 3/16 miles, the Preakness is the shortest of the Triple Crown races, a sixteenth of a mile shorter than the Kentucky Derby. Having less ground to cover but keeping the same speed figures from Kentucky Derby could easily result in a comfortable win.

With American Pharoah being such a heavy favorite, it can be challenging to find the right combination to make a winning ticket that provides a decent payout. For the Kentucky Derby, I managed to cash on both the exacta and trifecta, so let’s try to do it again! Here are three ways that I would play American Pharoah in the Preakness Stakes using #2 Dortmund, #4 Danzig Moon, #7 Divining Rod, #8 Firing Line

$10 exacta: 1 with 2,8 = $20

$5 trifecta: 1,8 with 1,8 with 2,4 = $20

$1 superfecta: 1,8 with 1,2,8 with 2,4 with 2,4,7 = $10

  

Best of luck!

/ xo, ci /

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#CiaratogaStyle: @PreaknessStakes Fashion from Infield to Lux

Can you believe that we are just a week away from the second leg of the Triple Crown? That’s right, the Preakness Stakes is next Saturday May 16th at Pimlico Racecourse in Maryland. Whether you’re in the infield getting your “Preak On” for the weekend’s InfieldFest music festival or sipping champagne in a luxury suite, here are three looks that are perfect for the Preakness.


Infield Ensemble:

Infield

Staying stylish and comfortable will be your aim while celebrating in the infield at the Preakness InfieldFest. Keeping in theme with the Preakness colors of yellow, black and white, I chose this fun daisy skirt and paired it with bright yellow bow top. I absolutely adore the Black and Tan straw accessories in the cloche hat and monogrammed clutch. Having a personalized piece always makes a statement, and this clutch by The Monogrammed Merchant has the option to be worn as a wristlet. I suggest flat shoes or sandals to make maneuvering through the infield easier!

Shop this look: Alexander Kondakov Bow Top, modaoperandi.com; Boohoo Elsie Daisy Scuba Skater Skirt, $16, boohoo.com; Rebels Amie Wedge Sandal, $37, nordstromrack.com; Black Monogrammed Straw Clutch, $38, themonogrammerchant.com; Marc by Marc Jacob Daisy Stud Earrings, $48, cusp.com; Mod Cloth Boho Imagine This Necklace, $15, modcloth.com; Eric Javits Gwyn Cloche Hat, $295, bergdorfgoodman.com

Clubhouse Chic:

Clubhouse

All eyes will be on you in this geometric patterned wrap dress by Diane Von Frustenberg. Wrap dresses are always good to wear because they look flattering on any figure. All of the accessories compliment the dress flawlessly, from the cut out wide brim hat to the French Connection horse bag and shoes. This look is a showstopper.

Shop this look: Diane Von Frustenberg Jeanne Dress, $540, boutique1.com; French Connection Elvia Pumps Women’s Shoes, $125, macys.com; French Connection Shopper Bag, $130, johnlewis.com; Orogem Black Cubic Zirconia & Gold Graduated Necklace and Earspirals, $65, zulily.com; Eric Javitz Maribel Cut Out Wide Brim Hat, $295, bergdoffgoodman.com

Looking Lux:

Lux

Channel the silks of the winning jockey of the 2015 Kentucky Derby, Victor Espinoza, with this luxurious “American Pharoah” inspired ensemble. Cheer on the pair in this light blue Jacquard Dress and yellow fascinator from ModCloth.com. Simple elegance carries through in the pearl and rose gold accents of the earrings, shoes and clutch. My heart melted when I saw that rose gold horse ring, did yours?

Shop this look: M&Co Jacquard Dress, $81, mandco.com; Serenity29 Pump, $24, zooshoo.com; Scarleton Egg Shaped Beaded Clutch, $26, amazon.com; Batya Kebudi Horse Ring Rose Gold, $558, wolfandbager.com; Faux Pearl Drop Earrings, $25, thelimited.com; Mod Cloth Vintage Inspired Tilt Til The End of Time Hat, $40, modcloth.com

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#KentuckyDerby Week @Ciaratoga 

It’s cray to think that us horseplayers work so hard during Derby Week for just TWO MINUTES. But let’s be honest, The Kentucky Derby IS the greatest two minutes in sports. In true Ciaratoga fashion, I took Kentucky Derby week very seriously this year…making sure I touched all areas of horses. style. living:

Derby Week in the life:

Monday – 5 days: Dresses to wear on the #CioncéWorkoutPlan

I knew this week was going to take a lot out of me, so I wanted to make sure that I kept up with my fitness and healthy eating habits so I not only could feel great in whatever outfit I wore, but to avoid getting sick (which ended up happening anyway).  I didn’t have my personal trainer there with me, but I think he’d approve of this 45 minute workout:

  • 2 miles on treadmill (avg. pace 9 min)
  • 1 mile Interval Training on treadmill (incline at 12, power walk at 4.0 speed, then jog – alternate every two minutes…feel the burn, 10-12 min)
  • Weight Training (a mixture of arms and leg machines, 15 minutes)

#KeepItTight, #CiaratogaStyle: @LiveThatLifeCo

Tuesday – 4 days: ‘CappyHour Delivery

How else was I supposed to move along the handicapping process? With a field of 20 horses in the Kentucky Derby, there’s a lot to analyze to make sure you’re picking the correct order of finish, or at least a winning combination to make some dough. Wine helps. Especially when you can download a cellphone app like Saucey that will deliver the alcohol straight to your door in under 60 minutes.  This was the second time I’ve used Saucey. The first time by bottle came in 26 minutes, this time it was 45 – still awesome!

  • Check the website to see if your city has Saucey Service
  • Download the Saucey App and plug in your information
  • Use my code for $5 off your first order! (CODE: mtuv9f)

‘CappyHour Delivery from the @SauceyApp

Wednesday – 3 days: Just Add Bacon

Not really sure if anything else really needs to be said. Just look at this power breakfast from The Farm of Beverly Hills.

3 Days til Kentucky Derby = Add Bacon @TheFarmofBeveryHills

A little pool time #CiaratogaStyle with the help of #LillyForTarget and my girlfriend Anya. Who says you can’t get work done this way? With three days to go, I think I have finally found my top contenders for both the Kentucky Derby Oaks on Friday and Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.

Because handicapping by water makes it even more fun.

Thursday – 2 days: Mint Julep Practice Run at #CiaratogaLiving

48 hours to go, CiCi got a little excited. I think my body was on auto pilot inside the grocery store as my somehow just ended up at the register with all these ingredients to make Mint Juleps and deserts. The night in the kitchen was AWESOME:

Mint Julep Ingredients:

  • 2.5 oz bourbon
  • 1 oz Simple Syrup
  • 4-6 mint leaves
  • Crushed Ice

2 days til Derby = Mint Julep Practice Run!

I felt super inspired after the Mint Julep, and I took to Pinterest to see other ways that I could use this Bulleit Bourbon and Mint in the kitchen, and I found a pretty awesome recipe for Mint Julep cookies from ShrimpSaladCircus.com. This Mint Julep frosting was the EASIEST thing I’ve probably ever done in the kitchen:

Mint Julep Frosting:

  • 10 Mint Leaves (finely chopped)
  • 1 1/4 cup Confectioners’ Sugar
  • 3 tbsp Bourbon

Not going to lie I totally cheated on the cookie front this time and didn’t make my batter from scratch. I did roll the pre-made cookie dough in bourbon and froze it for a half hour before i put them on the tray to go into the oven. The cookies turned out just as wonderful (and fragrant) as they look!

Mint Julep Frosted Bourbon Sugar Cookies – #nom

 Friday – 1 day to go: Talk Derby to Me

Fillies First on Kentucky Oaks Day!  Friday was a big day. Not only was there live racing, but I was going to be live and on air talking all things Kentucky Derby on one LA’s top rock stations, 100.3 The Sound that morning! Even though no one could actually SEE my broadcast, I had to make sure that my outfit was on point:

#CiaratogaStyle: Kentucky Oaks

  • Dress: High-Low Colorblock Dress, $39.99, JustFab.com
  • Shoes: JF Rosey Heel, $39.99, JustFab.com
  • Hat: Christine A. Moore Fascinator, camhats.com
  • Clutch: My grandma’s #vintage!

I love being a VIP member of JustFab.com – $39 a month gives you online credit that you can use on their site towards 1 item, clothing, shoes, bags or jewelry. I happened to have had 3 months of credit stored up, so I purchased two dresses and a pair of heels on MONDAY afternoon & they arrived Wednesday. Perfect timing! I love the material and flow of this dress. The Kentucky Oaks is usually a day to wear Pink, but I decided to stand out with this “Construction Chic” orange because it reminded me of the jockey silks on filly Lovely Maria, who I was rooting for later that afternoon.

#CiaratogaStyle – @KentuckyDerby Oaks Day Ensemble, justfabonline.com, camhatsnyc.com

My first live radio appearance was so fun! Many thanks to my friend and co-host of Mark in The Morning, Gina Grad for inviting me on air to speak about the Kentucky Derby – who to bet on, what to wear, where to watch! I had a blast! It was also Gina’s birthday, so I couldn’t come empty handed – I knew she would love those Mint Julep cookies with a fascinator as garnish! ;)

1 day to go – Talk Derby to me on 100.3 The Sound with the lovely Gina Grad!


I kinda like this whole radio thing….

 

The rest of my Friday consisted of watching live feeds of Churchill Downs from my WeWork office space in Hollywood while sending last minute information and answering questions for the guests that will be joining me to watch the Derby from Santa Anita Park on Saturday. 

‘Twas the night before Derby…

Saturday – Kentucky Derby Day!

I woke to fanastic news that my best friend from college gave birth to her son, a healthy Royal Derby Baby Boy named Prince Jack William Taylor <3 This meant that I won the friend ‘baby pool’ – because I *knew* he was going to be born on this day.

#CiaratogaStyle – Kentucky Derby 141

  • Dress: Crop Floral Dress, $39.99, justfab.com

By now you should know my feelings about Navy. I’m obsessed, and this dress was so fun! The design gave off a mod feel and I loved all of the details that JustFab put into the dress, like the white mesh fabric that connected the top and bottom of the dress. Being the ‘Run for the Roses’, I went straight outside and grabbed from fresh cut roses from the front yard. Derby Day is a LONG day so I kept this ensemble simple, comfortable and FLAT. No need for heels…

Derby Day #CiaratogaStyle

I had a great day planned for my 20 guests that came out to Santa Anita to watch Derby Day. It was a mixture of business owners, bloggers and LA professionals that came out enjoy the live racing at Santa Anita and also take part in the 141st Run for the Roses. Here are just a few photos:

A fun day trackside at Santa Anita with fabulous guests

  

What’s a day at the track without a horse selfie?

Earlier in the week, my team from America’s Best Racing put together our top three selections for the Kentucky Derby and how we would play the race on a budget. Here were my pre-race #CiaratogaPicks for the Kentucky Derby:

$6 Win/Place Show – #6 Mubtaahij, ($18 bet)

$5 Exacta – #18 (American Pharoah) with #6, (Mubtaahij) #8, (Dortmund) #10 (Firing Line) ($15 bet)

$5 Trifecta – #18 with 10, 6, with 10, 8 ($20)

#CiaratogaPicks – shoulda, coulda, woulda.

As you can see from the order of finish, two out of the three betting options came out exact! I hope that you cashed out! My bets should have gotten you 2.5 times the actual payout shown here: That’s about $700 for $38 of total bets! #askaboutme

Didn’t get that winning bet? That’s okay – I didn’t either because I got incredibly sick that afternoon at the track and never made it to a betting station. What? Yes. All that work I did over the week to keep me nice and healthy failed. No Mint Juleps. No bubbly. No after parties to watch #MayPac… I was in bed, sneezzing, sober and broke by 7:30pm. This was definitely a Derby first for me.

Post Derby Party, yay.

Regardless of how the day ended, I wouldn’t have exchanged a single moment from the entire Kentucky Derby week!

Onward to the second jewel of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes! Derby Winner American Pharoah will compete next Saturday May 16th at Pimlico Race Course. Head back to the blog where I’ll be keeping you in the loop with all the essentials to get your Preak On!

/xo, ci/

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