It was a perfect day for the 80th running of the $1M Santa Anita Handicap. America’s number one ranked horse, Shared Belief and Hall of Fame Jockey Mike Smith delivered yet another impressive ride, making this the four-year old’s 10th win out of 11 career starts.
Being that Shared Belief was the heavy favorite of the field it was almost virtually impossible not to cheer him on. I decided to take one of my recent style blogs on how to “Dress for the Favorite” to heart and here is my #CiaratogaStyle for Big ‘Cap Day:
Shared Belief’s Jockey Silk Color Scheme: Black, Grey & White with Blue
Jumpsuit, $24,90, Forever21.com
Shoes, $39.99, JustFab.com
This. Jumpsuit. Yes, it’s one full piece, and just as comfortable as it looks. I loved the lightweight material of the jumpsuit that I found less than 48 hours before race day. The elastic band around the waist didn’t press into the skin either which was an added bonus. There was also elastic on the pant leg so you could adjust the length depends on your mood. I decided to keep the colorblocking theme from the jockey silks with the black on the bottom and white on top. The open back reminded me of the strip across the middle of the silks, and also provided a bit of sexiness too! I broke out my brand new Grey JF Posey heels from JustFab.com. These shoes are perfection, and I own three pairs…trust me, they are worth getting multiple pairs when the starting price is only $40!
I took these photos the day before the Big ‘Cap with LA-Based photographer Martin Ortega. It was his first time at the races and we had the best time enjoying the day together. He captured this awesome shot of the horses breaking out of the gate on the top of the hill at Santa Anita. So cool!
For race day, I switched the black hat-in-ator for a Christine A. Moore fascinator that had various shades of blue and silver, which played right off of the grey in those lovely shoes.
Overall, my strategy of dressing for my favorite horse (or jockey) proved to be successful! Let’s keep our fingers crossed we will get Shared Belief to Saratoga this summer! / xo, ci /