Kentucky Derby Hats Descend on Westchester

Ira and Linda Foreman show off their hats at Yonkers Raceway during the “Run for the Roses Hat Competition." Photo Credit: Matt Bultman
Flowers were a popular decoration at the “Run for the Roses Hat Competition." Photo Credit: Matt Bultman
Some opted for a more elaborate, themed look Saturday at Yonkers Raceway. Photo Credit: Matt Bultman
The "Derby Birdies" brought their best hats to Yonkers Raceway Saturday. Photo Credit: Matt Bultman
Flowers were a popular decoration at the “Run for the Roses Hat Competition." Photo Credit: Matt Bultman
Money, horse racing and hats summed up the Kentucky Derby for one contestant. Photo Credit: Matt Bultman
Jack Miller shows off his hand-made streamer hat Saturday at Yonkers Raceway. Photo Credit: Matt Bultman
The cat food hat made a big splash at Yonkers Raceway Saturday. Photo Credit: Matt Bultman
Feathers were anther popular accessory at Saturday's hat contest at Yonkers Raceway. Photo Credit: Matt Bultman
Birds, feathers and nest made found their way atop one hat at Yonkers Raceway Saturday. Photo Credit: Matt Bultman
One couple decided the Photo Credit: Matt Bultman
Floppy hats were popular among the more conservative selections. Photo Credit: Matt Bultman
Some opted for a simpler look Saturday during the hat contest at Yonkers Raceway. Photo Credit: Matt Bultman
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YONKERS, N.Y. – For many of the spectators at Yonkers Raceway, Saturday’s Kentucky Derby wasn’t about which horse finished first or the bets they won or lost.

For many, it was all about the hats.

The Empire City Casino hosted its inaugural Run for the Roses Hat Competition, a tribute to the 138th running of the “Greatest Two Minutes in Sports” and the affection its spectators have for eccentric and over-the-top hats.

"Not only does the Derby celebrate the finest in horse racing, but it brings people together to revel in the excitement of both sports and ...
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