Kentucky Derby Hats and Celebrity Sightings Highlight Muddy 2013 Edition

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IMay 6, 2013

May 4, 2013; Louisville, KY, USA; Race fan April Pauly shows off her Derby hat in the infield before the 2013 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports
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The soggy 139th running of the Kentucky Derby was a solid race, however, it was the bevy of celebrities and the always amazing hats that made the whole day an interesting experience. 

After all, the Kentucky Derby is The Greatest Two Minutes in sports. Two minutes is not a long time. To support an event of this magnitude, there has to be some serious surrounding pomp and circumstance. 

And the 2013 Kentucky Derby had ample amounts of that. 

There were plenty of celebrities roaming the crowd and I'll take a look at some of the athlete/celebrities below. 

I'll also offer up a look at some of the more "decorative" hats. Alright, I'm just going to say it, funny-looking hats. 

I'm going with the hats that bring a chuckle rather than inspiration because I am certainly no connoisseur of fashion, and I wouldn't pretend to know what is a bold, sleek or sexy hat. 

However, I do know what makes me laugh, and the below hats definitely pull off that feat. And, for the record, I am not bashing any of these people. I think it's great they are using this unique event to pull out an unforgettable and entertaining cranium cover. 

First, a look at three famous athletes getting ready to watch a race run on four legs. 

Ken Griffey Jr. took in the event with his wife, Melissa. After retiring from baseball, Griffey has kept a fairly low profile. However, this is a guy who will always warrant celebrity status. 

Griffey took the baseball world by storm from his first season in 1989. Before injuries slowed him, Griffey was one of the greatest athletes on the planet and he was always one of the best hitters. 

He retired with a .284 average and 630 home runs. He also looks pretty dapper in a fedora. 

Former NFL running back Tiki Barber has never shied away from getting in front of the cameras, and he didn't seem to object to having his picture taken prior to the Kentucky Derby.

He is accompanied by his wife.

Barber has been out of the league since 2006, but he did wrack up an impressive 10,449 rushing yards during his 10-year career. 

Skiing great Bode Miller knows a thing or two about racing, and apparently making appearances at fashionable horse races. 

Miller is seen in photo with his wife, Morgan.

They form a striking couple, and I have to give Bode props here for his throwback look. The glory days of horse racing hearken back in time of Americana, and Miller put a bit of that in his outfit. 

Onto the hats!

We might as well start with the gem in the main picture. Well, actually, let's just take a look at it again. 

The head without a body really ties this hat together. What it ties it to, I have no idea. However, I do know that it pushes a hat that would otherwise be borderline obnoxious completely over the line. 

I wonder if she scared herself when looking in the mirror? "Ah, there's a giant jockey peering over my shoulder! ...Oh wait."

Onto the next. 

Pink flamingos are an easy target for jokes when they are used as lawn decor, let alone as skull decor. 

Not only does this hat boast the eye-catching flamingos, but the bright colors give me a headache while also cuing up the intro to Miami Vice in my head—which really doesn't help the headache. 

Our last installment of Kentucky Derby hats brings us head gear that can actually recreate the action. 

I just hope the wearer of this hat didn't have too many mint juleps because if he toppled over, that hat could cause some serious damage to anyone around him.