Sunday, May 02, 1999

Race fans have heads for fashion




BY KRISTINA GOETZ
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LOUISVILLE — This year, some fashion-conscious Derby fans took an old tradition to a new level. Their colored hats turned into colored hair.

        Dana Franks of Louisville dyed her hair pale pink and arranged a garland of spring flowers around her head to match her floral print dress.

        “Pink is kind of the "in' color this season,” she said. “It's just pretty, and anything different for the Derby.”

        Her fiance, Jay Holbrook of Louisville, wore a pale-pink-and-white Polo shirt to match.

        Others sported clown wigs in every color of the rainbow.

        Chase Horton and his friends sported crazy hair for the third year. Horton, of Louisville, who dyed his hair bright blue and tied it into knots, said his coiffure has earned him the nickname “'shroom head.”

All dressed up
        Counting on a friend's contact, one area group of pals dressed their best and waited at the gate for grandstand tickets. But when the friend showed, he had no tickets to give.

        “We didn't exactly wear the right clothes to be in the infield, but then again, we didn't think we were going to be here,” said Stephanie Tyler of Lawrenceburg, Ind., as she sat on a blanket in a sundress.

        Jim Noeth of St. Leon, Ind., sat next to Tyler and counted up his winnings anyway.

        “I won $8 on a $15 bet,” said Noeth, a math teacher at Dater Junior High School in Western Hills. “But, hey, at least we won.”

Big-money mistake
        Two brothers made a big mistake Saturday when they bet the wrong horse. But it was a big payoff and unlike anything they'd ever experienced in the 20 years they've been coming to the race.

        Mike Keidel of Burlington and Jim Keidel of Mount Washington said the pages of their program were stuck together and they bet on a horse in the sixth race when they thought they were looking at the fifth.

        No.3 Shires Ende paid 35-1 in the fifth, and the brothers got a total of $400.

        “That may be the new standard,” Mike Keidel said.

Betting on the Reds
        Most predictions Saturday were about horses, obviously. Donald Trump had to be different.

        As he walked through Millionaires' Row behind Cincinnati businessman Carl Lindner, the New York real estate magnate offered a prognostication of a different kind.

Liquor is quicker
        Mint juleps weren't exactly Chad Norton's cup of tea.

        So Norton, who attended Covington Catholic High School and just graduated from the University of Louisville, managed to smuggle 1.75 liters of vodka into the infield.

        Derby-goers aren't allowed to bring in their own booze, but the infield is traditionally awash in contraband. Some taped small bottles of whiskey to their bellies or underwear. Norton, 22, disguised his stash under a pullover and walked in while guards were dealing with other people, he said.

        “That's a feat,” he added. “Can I get into the Guinness Book of Records?”

       



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