09:24 AM EDT 05/15/2013
Originally posted 05/11/2013 08:00AM
Model-in-the-making Danielynn Birkhead, the late Anna Nicole Smith's 6½-year-old daughter, prompted an outpouring of oohs and ahs this week when she dressed up like a favorite Disney heroine for the Kentucky Derby, while the gasps were strictly reserved for the amazing tale of the man who served as a hippo's dinner – and then survived to tell his tale.
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Originally posted 05/05/2013 06:20PM
The 6½-year-old and dad Larry Birkhead wear looks from the movie's classic "Jolly Holiday" scene on the red carpet
Originally posted 05/05/2013 02:00PM
Hats off to Valerie Harper, who celebrated the Kentucky Derby weekend in high spirits (and style!).
Months after the Rhoda Morgenstern actress, 73, revealed to PEOPLE that she was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, she stepped out at the Barnstable Brown Gala, saying, "I'm feeling good."
Attending the Louisville pre-derby party with husband Tony Cacciotti, she added to PEOPLE, "And I gained 7 lbs. – my doctors like that."
Originally posted 05/04/2013 07:10PM
Lucky number 16 Orb splashed through the slop to win the Kentucky Derby Saturday, giving Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey his first victory in the 3-year-old classic.
When the field turned for home on the cool, overcast afternoon at Churchill Downs, Normandy Invasion grabbed the lead while Orb was gearing up. But in the deep stretch, Orb prevailed, carrying Joel Rosario to his first Derby win.
Long shot Golden Soul placed second with Revolutionary coming in third.
Originally posted 05/03/2013 03:00PM
These names are not horsing around! See if you can spot the phonies among the ponies
Originally posted 05/04/2013 01:30PM
Rosie Napravnik is on the verge of accomplishing something no woman has done – or even come close to doing – in 138 years.
On Saturday, she'll attempt to win the Kentucky Derby.
A New Jersey native now living and training in New Orleans, Napravnik, 25, has racked up more than 1,500 racing wins since she began competing at age 17, including last year's Kentucky Oaks, a race for fillies that has never previously been won by a female jockey.
Two years ago, the 5'2, 113 lb. jockey finished ninth in the Derby, the best a woman has ever done.
Originally posted 05/02/2013 12:30PM
Wondering what to serve at your Kentucky Derby party this weekend?
Let Edward Lee, one of Louisville, Ky.'s celebrity chefs, help you out.
The former Top Chef contestant (he made it to the top five in season 9) and brand new dad – his daughter Arden Rose Lee was born on April 29 – shares his special version of the quintessential cocktail typically served at the premiere horse race.
Originally posted 05/04/2013 12:45PM
Country gal Miranda Lambert got into the Kentucky Derby spirit Friday night – with a little help from her girlfriends.
"The House That Built Me" singer, 29, danced, drank, pumped her fists in the air and eventually performed at the annual black-tie Barnstable Brown Gala event, hosted by Grey Goose, held at a mansion near Churchill Downs on Derby Eve.
The Texas native and animal lover was dressed like a southern belle – complete with a peach fascinator perched on her head – hung out at a table flanked by four girlfriends and looked like she was having a blast during the other performances.
She rocked out when fellow country star Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry took the stage, pumping her fists in the air when he performed the "My Town." Later, she swayed back and forth and sang along to "My Girl" during Smokey Robinson's performance. (Hubby Blake Shelton was nowhere to be seen, but perhaps he was prepping for The Voice live shows that kick off Monday.)
Originally posted 05/04/2013 12:00PM
Kevin Krigger will make history simply by mounting Goldencents at the Kentucky Derby 2013 – not that he's focused on all that.
"My Derby dream is not, I'm going to be the first African-American to win the Derby since 1902. My Derby dream is, I'm going to win the Kentucky Derby," he said, according to The New York Times.
Krigger, 29, is only the second black jockey to ride in the Derby since 1921, according to Sports Illustrated, and if he wins he will be the first black jockey to earn the trophy at Churchill Downs in more than a century.
Originally posted 05/03/2013 02:00PM
When we last saw Uggie, the adorable Jack Russell terrier from 2011's The Artist, he was taking the stage at the 84th annual Academy Awards to accept his Best Picture Oscar with his castmates. But these days, the beloved pooch is up to something, well, a little different.
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