Run for the Roses 2022

May 9

Always remember Goliath was a 40-point favorite over David. ~ Shug Jordan / Auburn

I’m not a fan of horses or horse racing (though admittedly Secretariat was quite spectacular). But this year’s Run for the Roses annual friendraiser for Theatre L’Homme Dieu at Carlos Creek Winery was blessed with an amazingly entertaining Kentuck Derby . . .

The best thing about the Kentucky Derby is that it is only two minutes long. It is the quickest event in sports, except for Sumo-wrestling & Mike Tyson fights. Maybe Drag-racing is quicker, but I have never been attracted to it. ~ Hunter S. Thompson

[This photo is on loan from the internet . . . ]

[This poster is on loan from Theatre L’Homme Dieu . . . ]

[Many thanks to my fellow theatre board members who actually worked on putting this really fun event together . . . ]

[Entertainment provided by the dynamic duo of Greg Donahue and Erik Schultz, a/k/a, one-half of the Salty Dogs . . . ]

[Adult beverages, bring your own designated driver . . . ]

[And what good are adult beverages without equally adult hors d’oeuvres (I always have to look up the spelling because I forget the ‘u’ . . . ]

[The Derby screen at the far end of the winery’s Grand Hall . . . ]

[The folks who make it work. Many thanks . . . ]

[As the room begins to fill with fans dressed in best estimate Derby attire . . . ]

I’m still a horse that can run. I may not be able to win the Derby, but what do you do when you retire? People retire and they vegetate. They go away and they dry up. ~ Mel Brooks

Unless tracks cut back to three days a week of full fields, a lot of people will really hurt down the road. Horse racing, to survive, has to go to that. Let’s face it: Churchill Downs only does well on Derby Week. ~ Rick Pitino

My favorite Saturday, outside any Saturday that Louisiana State University plays football, is the Kentucky Derby. ~ James Carville

[My 20-year walking buddy died in the preceding week. His daughter, Angie, came up to Alex from the Cities to make arrangements . . . ]

[This was a good event for her to get away for a while . . . ]

I shy away from celebrity status because I don’t want to be known as that guy. But I had a chance to partake in the events and the festivities of the Kentucky Derby, and that was a huge honor. ~ Teddy Bridgewater

One only needs to see a smile in a white crape bonnet in order to enter the palace of dreams. ~ Victor Hugo

Cock your hat – angles are attitudes. ~ Frank Sinatra

Come fill up my cup, come fill up my can, Come saddle your horses, and call up your men; Come open the West Port, and let me gang free, And it’s room for the bonnets of Bonny Dundee! ~ Walter Scott

You can be any one you want to be, with the right outfit. ~ Melody Minagar

[Delan Tharaldson, the father of the theatre’s executive director, Nicole Mulder, joined Angie at her table . . . ]

[Then Nicole came over for a hug from dad . . . ]

I gave my father $100 and said, ‘Buy yourself something that will make your life easier.’ So he went out and bought a present for my mother. ~ Rita Rudner

[The dapper looking ‘CEO’ and ‘CFO’ of the theatre . . . ]

[Jim and Jan Pence . . . ]

[Mike and Miriam Svobodny . . . ]

[John Mulder and Jack Reuler, not related . . . ]

Wearing a hat is like having a baby or a puppy; everyone stops to coo and talk about it. ~ Louise Green

Women are vain.  They think they look better in hats–if they have any sense. ~ Louisa Hagood, 94 years old

You can flirt with a fan in your hand. You can flirt holding a cigarette, too.  But a woman can really flirt with a hat. ~ Dolores Foster

[Dennis and Sandy Schroepfer . . . ]

[Paul and Deb Trumm . . . ]

[Katie Eiser, theatre board member, and Nicole announce the final results of “stuff” . . . ]

[While musicians in the background ponder the existence of black holes . . . ]

Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people. ~ W. C. Fields

[Did someone call them “Dumb and Dumber”?]

Friendship is not possible between two women, one of whom is very well dressed. ~ Laurie Colwin

[Ruthie always ISO a good photo op . . . ]

[The Super and I have joined Angie and her friend Ken . . . ]

[Karin and Dave Berg . . . ]

Get off your horse and drink your milk. ~ John Wayne

A difference of opinion is what makes horse racing and missionaries.  ~  Will Rogers

[ (. . . is that a bugle?)]

Now the race is on, And here comes pride up the backstretch, Heartaches are goin’ to the inside . . . ~ George Jones

[The race has the rapt attention of the attending masses . . . ]

[Dennis had Rich Strike – he struck it rich!]

[And other winners are . . . ]

Whenever you wear your hat, your day will be special. ~ Margo Nickel

I myself have 12 hats, and each one represents a different personality.  Why just be yourself. ~ Margaret Atwood

We just know inside that we’re queens. And these are the crowns we wear. ~ Felecia McMillan

[The winning hat . . . ]

Why do you always wear a hat? ‘Cause it fits my head. ~ Robert Redford, in “The Horse Whisperer”

[Best outfit, I think . . . ]

[Terri Bursch, theatre board member . . . ]


The only sport I’m not interested in is horse racing. That’s because I don’t know the horses personally.  ~ Nat King Cole

[Photo on loan from the internet . . . ]

Rich Strike with Sonny Leon wins the 148th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, KY 5.7.2022

Alimony is like buying hay for a dead horse. ~ Groucho Marx

Luxurious, flirty, and, at times, a bit sexy.  We’re out to prove a great hat can change your day. ~ Plaza Suite, New York.

Live your life, do your work, then take your hat. ~ Henry David Thoreau

Up Next: Probably something that doesn’t involve hats . . .

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