#CiaratogaStyle: Dressing for the Favorite – Shared Belief


Clearly, we know what horse (and jockey) I’ll be cheering for in Saturday’s $1 Million Dollar Santa Anita Handicap, also reffered to as “The Big ‘Cap.”  With only one career defeat, 4-year-old Shared Belief has had quite the impressive career, including winning his last start against reigning 2014 Horse of The Year, California Chrome in the San Antonio Stakes at Santa Anita on February 7th. We will see if Hall of Fame Jockey Mike Smith can lead Shared Belief to yet another victory this Saturday as he faces a field of 12 as the heavy favorite with 3-5 on the morning line at a weight of 125 pounds. 

Mike Smith and Shared Belief entering the Winner’s Circle after winning February’s San Antonio Stakes at Santa Anita Park. (Photo by Me.)

If you know me, or any horseplayer, you’ll quickly learn we all have our little supersitions or odds traditions that we all follow to ensure us a few extra ounces of good luck. One of those is around my styling choices for race day. I have this tradition where I to match either the silks of the jockey or the color of the post position for big stakes races. Last month Shared Belief went off from the “5” post for the San Antonio Invitational, which is the color green. I went with a green dress…and he won. For Saturday’s Big Cap, Shared Belief has drawn the 5th post again, but this time I’m focusing on the color palette from the jockey silks – which is fitting given the recent “black and blue dress” controversy.

Here’s my #CiaratogaStyle guide for Dressing for the Favorite:

Giddy up and Jump On It: 

Dressing for the Favorite: Shared Belief, Ladies Look No. 1
Dressing for the Favorite: Shared Belief, Ladies Look No. 1

I love *everything* about this look, and there’s about a 78 percent chance that I will be in something quite similar to the ensemble on Saturday. This gorgeous blue Trina Turk jumpsuit now owns my life. I love the scoop neck and length of the pant leg, not to mention the fact that it has pockets.  I carried the colors of black and white into the accessory choices. The striped heels and hat went great with the two-toned oversized bag that will easily fit your racing program (and a pair of flats). Also, how cute is that sterling silver horse pendant? #Winning.

Jumpsuit: Trina Turk Kaitlin Sleeveless Layered Crepe Jumpsuit, $132, neimanmarcus.com

Shoes: Black Stripe Trim Ankle Heels, $38, newlook.com

Necklace: Sterling Silver 1/10ct. T.W. Diamond Horse Pendant, $40, kohls.com

Bag: Vivienne Uptown Tote, $35, charmingcharlies.com

Hat: Merona Floppy Hat, $15, target.com

It’s Black and Blue:

Dressing for the Favorite: Shared Belief, Ladies Look No. 2
Dressing for the Favorite: Shared Belief, Ladies Look No. 2

The Dress, if you will. I’d gladly do one or three extra #CioncéWorkoutPlan sessions to make this dress work because it is a show stopper…on a budget! I love the placement of black in the middle for the color-block, it not only accentuates the right places, it provides a slimming effect. If you have ever never worn a pair of Jessica Simpson heels, you’ll know that they are the most comfortable and I adore the strap around the ankle. Since the dress stands out so much I kept the accessories simple with a pair of stud earrings, necklace and purse in the color black.

Dress: Rotita Work Lady Essential Color Contrast Tank Dress, $21, rotita.com

Shoe: Jessica Simpson Venita Suede Pump, $89, nordstrom.com

Necklace: Style&Co Silver Tone Black Cabochon Bib Necklace, $34, macys.com

Earrings: Bling Jewerly Genuine Onyx Studs, $13, blingjewerly.com

Bag: Black Sparkle To Die For Purse, $48, unique-vintage.com

Fascinator: Kaliko Bow Fascinator, $60, houseoffraser.co.uk, $60

The Believer:

Dressing for the Favorite: Shared Belief, Gents Look No. 1
Dressing for the Favorite: Shared Belief, Gents Look No. 1

A super easy look that likely can be created from most gentleman’s closet. Grab your favorite blue sweater and black dress slacks and you’re half way there! Want to dress it up more? Add a blazer. For me, what makes this ensemble are the fun accessories. You’ll be cheering as Shared Belief as he breaks out the gate and jumping up and down once he (hopefully) enters the Winners’ Circle in these Gallant & Beau socks and sneakers by Sperry’s. Do I even need to comment on the racehorse cufflinks? Just do me a favor a purchase them!

Sweater: Mens Colored Structured Sweater, $49.90, zara.com

Pants: Black Trousers, $59.90, zara.com

Socks: “Picadilly” Socks, $19.90, gallantbeau.com

Cufflinks: Riding Horse Cufflinks, $8.70, aliexpress.com

Sunglasses: Wayfarer Sunglasses, $6.90, forever21.com

Shoes: Cloud Python Slip-on sneaker, $90, sperrytopsider.com

Color-Block Betting Boy:

Dressing for the Favorite: Shared Belief, Gents Look No. 2
Dressing for the Favorite: Shared Belief, Gents Look No. 2

There are a number of things I enjoy about this look. In keeping with the color-block theme I decided to go with a grey and black two-toned blazer. I would pair this with a crisp white dress shirt and add the plaid bowtie that has hints of blue if you feel inclined. It’s going to be a warm day on Saturday, so throw on some nice shorts and grab your fedora and head on out to The Chandelier Room… I’ll see you there!

Blazer: David Mayer Two-Tone Blazer, $228, shopstyle.com

Shorts: Garmet Dyed Bermuda Shorts, $85, BrooksBrothers.com

Hat: Two-Tone Hat, $25.90, zara.com

Tie: Madras Plaid Bow tie, $6.90, forever21.com

Belt: Faux Leather Plaque Buckle Belt, $7.90, forever21.com

Shoe: Cloud Python Slip-on sneaker, $90, sperrytopsider.com


Stay tuned for some #CiaratogaPicks for Saturday’s Big Cap. In the meantime, click here for the entries!


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