Sunday, May 02, 1999

The celebs, like horses, are beautiful


Pretty people show en masse for Derby

BY JANE PRENDERGAST
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LOUISVILLE — Need a celeb to sum up Saturday's Derby just right? Make a beeline for the country singer.

        To wit, Travis Tritt: “We were pulling in and we saw the Twin Spires. It's gorgeous today, and the horses are just beautiful. It's so much better than watching on television.”

        All true, but with an added bonus for him — hanging out with the beautiful people. Churchill Downs was full of them, all on hand for the race's 125th birthday.

        Actresses Jennifer Tilley, Ashley Judd.

        ER's Dr. Benton, aka Eriq Lasalle.

        Melrose Place blonde Kelly Rutherford.

        Randy Quaid posed for pictures with Muhammad Ali.

        Country singer John Michael Montgomery.

        New Cleveland Browns quarterback Tim Couch.

        A hatless Tipper Gore.

        Lots of dark sunglasses, high heels, pastels. And in Tritt's case, jeans and alligator boots.

        Scotty Morris of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy talked about how the “khakis swing” Gap commercial launched his band. He's headed into the recording studio Monday to start the group's next CD.

        His pick: Prime Timber, one of trainer Bob Baffert's horses. Their connection: Morris and Baffert are both from California. “Hey,” Morris said, “us California boys have to stick together.”

        Austin Peck of Days of Our Lives turned the tables on the crowd, leaning over the balcony to take pictures of the screaming women who waved at him.

        He bet on Stephen Got Even, winner of last month's Gallery Furniture.com Stakes at Turfway Park. Why? Because the first person he ran into at his hotel told him to.

        Loni Anderson bet the same.

        “All the horses are so beautiful,” she said. “It's hard to choose.”

        She had second thoughts about the wisdom of wearing a Derby hat with a veil when she realized she had to lift the black netting every time she wanted to take a bite of food.

        Returning celeb Dixie Carter wore her trademark white suit and hat.

        Ed Asner pinned a red rose to his lapel.

        “This is my first Kentucky Derby,” the actor said.

        “But I promise it won't be my last.”

       



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