LOUISVILLE - It takes more than a hat to make a Derby outfit a winner.
On the first Saturday in May, putty-colored skies and raindrops meant shoe choices could make the difference between being comfortable or getting all washed up.
As sure as there were half-moon horse shoes, so were there heels in a multitude of heights, straps and colors. But, to trot around the puddles that collected at Churchill Downs, some women shucked the three-inch heels in favor of rubber clogs or tennis shoes. Others ignored the weather and stuck it out in spring sandals.
After all, Derby comes but once a year.
It was Brit Chris King's first time at the races. She wore a pinstripe suit with rose embroidery, a lacy shirt underneath, and a string of faux-green pearls. The outfit was rounded off with a pair of white sneakers.