Derby weekend is finally upon us, and as the rest of us kick back and enjoy our easy derby party recipes, celebs, like the recently engaged Kate Upton and DIY-maven Courtney Sixx are taking in the race in all its splendor trackside. Some are getting up close and personal with the horses, others are hobnobbing with their peers and some are just in it for the hats, but it looks like they’re all having an absolute ball. Check out some of their behind-the-scenes shots below!
1. Kate Upton: We can’t say we’re shocked to see model Kate Upton in attendance — girl is a horse fanatic (have you seen her Insta?) Here she is, smiling away with her favored winner.
2. Courtney Sixx and Joey Fatone: Courtney geeked out over meeting former ‘NSync member and television host Joey Fatone, writing, “This was my favorite band plastered all over my room in high school!” Samezies, Court.
3. Megyn Kelly: Journalist Megyn Kelly shared her Derby-day prep shot side-by-side with the finished product, penning, “Before and after at #KentuckyDerby! Good times.”
4. Adrian Grenier: “When in Rome!” Adrian says before taking a sip of his derby cocktail.
5. Brian McKnight: Brian (looking plenty dapper in his gray suit and accompanying straw hat) posted a super lovable nod to girlfriend Leilani Malia, gushing, “With her by my side, how could I lose?” Sheesh, could you guys GET any cuter?
6. Tara Lipinski: “Happy Derby Day!” Derby co-host and Olympic gold medalist Tara Lipinski captions this vid of her twirling beneath a shower of flowers.
7. Ariana Madix and Tom Sandoval: Vanderpump Rules stars Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix donned matching white attire for the occasion, with Tom saying “Place [your] bets!” Ariana (looking fab in a piece reminiscent of Halle Berry’s ’02 Oscars gown) also posted a group shot with fellow cast mate Jax and his girlfriend, Brittany Cartwright.
8. Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright: Rounding out the Vanderpump crew were Jax Taylor with his new paramour, Brittany Cartwright (who looks a bit like Scheana Marie to us in this pic)! in all their Saturday finest.
9. Star Jones: “We have our own little #KentuckyDerby weekend family!” the former View co-host said of this crowd snap.
Which celeb were you most excited to see at the derby? Let us know over @BritandCo!
(Featured image via Frazer Harrison/Getty)