Since 1875 horse racing fans have gathered to watch “The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports”, showcasing the finest colts, geldings and fillies in all the land, competing for cash, esteem and bragging rights. With only a few weeks remaining, the stage is now set for the most prestigious race in North America.
Whilst all eyes shall be firmly fixed upon the track for 120 scintillating seconds, equal numbers will be relishing the celebrations that precede The Race for the Roses.
This event affords all present the luxury of dressing to the nines. Every year crowds display outfits inspired by modern takes on some of the most beloved eras of American fashion. Some celebrate their romantic obsession with the roaring 20’s, while others take on a traditional Southern look. The styles blend seamlessly at Churchill Downs and at Derby parties across the nation during the first week in May.
The race at Churchill Downs actually has ties to the Northwest. The grandson of William Clark of the Lewis and Clark expedition was a huge horse racing enthusiast. On his travels to England, he began his love affair with a sport which had long been a standing tradition there. Clark went on to Paris where his affinity for horse racing grew further, inspired by the French Jockey Club. Returning home to Kentucky in 1874, Clark founded the Louisville Jockey Club and organized the construction of the track at Churchill Downs.
This year, Bowyer & Fletcher will be in attendance at the Portland Derby Party, which is the party to see and be seen at in the Northwest. Last year was incredible and the smart bet suggests this year’s celebration will be even more magnificent. If ever there were a time to dazzle in your finest silk tie and gentleman’s jacket, this is it! The Left Bank Annex is guaranteed to be buzzing!
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See you at the races!
Bowyer & Fletcher