Then we met Star Jones, TV host, attorney, best-selling author, and former prosecutor, who was shimmering in a sequined gown. Star was also very friendly and lovely to talk to. We asked her how she was enjoying the Derby and she said, “I love Louisville. The people treat you well and the Kentucky Derby is the best sport event.” She didn’t currently have a Derby horse picked out because she was waiting to see the condition of the track tomorrow. Through statistics and the track’s condition, wet or dry, she picks her race horse. Right next to Star, actress, Vanessa Bell Calloway, says she bets on whatever horse Star Jones bets on. Sounds like Star Jones is an expert horse racing gambler.
After Star Jones, we had the honor to meet award winning actress, Shohreh Aghdashloo. Her Kentucky Derby horses are Daddy Long Legs, Optimizer, Union Rags, and Alpha.
Then we had the privilege to talk to David Arquette, actor, producer, writer, and director. For an actor of his caliber, I was expecting an ego, and was delightfully disproved. He was super nice and even volunteered to take a photo with me. He said he doesn’t drink, but I reassured him he wasn’t missing out on the Mint Julep and that it was really gross. His Kentucky Derby horse is Creative Cause. That’s a good choice. I always bet on the grey horses. He said that this was his second Kentucky Derby and that he loves the tradition of it. From his tweets on Twitter, he seems to have a fascination with the fascinator. When asked if he enjoyed anything else in Louisville he said he visited the big Louisville Slugger bat. On twitter looks like he also saw the giant, gold, naked David at the 21C Museum Hotel. He failed to mention that to us though.
Fred Willard was next on the red carpet and was donning some awesome blue suede shoes and a paisley tie. We took a photo of his shoes which he seemed to think was strange, but let us anyway. His betting strategy for the Kentucky Derby is to research the horses’ race history.
Corey Miller from LA Ink told us he heard some horse experts talking about Union Rags, so that will be his pick to win the Kentucky Derby.
The Julep announcer and Emmy award winning broadcaster, Jean West, told us her Kentucky Derby horse is Done Talking, funny choice for a broadcaster.
After everyone made it down the red carpet dinner was started. Some lovely dinner music was provided by Nashville’s popular party band, Pat Patrick Band and orchestra. They played some great big band and swing music. The Grand Ballroom where dancing and dinner was served was very beautifully decorated with ambient up lighting and rose center pieces.
After dinner there was the presentation of the 2012 patient ambassadors: Jessica Rizzo and Reginald Caldwell. There was a very heartfelt video on a few projector screens talking about how the James Brown Cancer Center helped the ambassadors. The 2012 Julep Scientist of the Year, Geoffrey Clark Ph.D., was announced as well as the 2012 Clinician of the Year, Lynn Parker M.D. Jean West then introduced all the celebrity guests.