Another Successful Year for Storybook Farm’s Kentucky Derby Day


Storybook Farm held their 12th annual Kentucky Derby Day, but it looked a lot different this year due to COVID-19’s social distancing safety measures. Tickets sold out at 650, and little tents helped groups social distance while enjoying the festivities. Luckily the same Dapper Dan and Most Spectacular Hat awards were awarded, and the auction to raise money was a huge success.

Dapper Dan: Dr. Neil Kalin
Most Spectacular Hat: Danielle Hayes

The event helps fund Storybook Farm’s mission to bridge the gap between hope and hardship. They empower children ages two to young adulthood through equine-assisted activities, canine companionship and exploration in nature. Thanks to donations the new Papa Bear Horse Center debuted at the event. The 10,000 square foot barn features 18 horse stalls, three storybook-themed indoor learning labs and one veterinary treatment suite.

“For a parent to be able to watch their child enjoy things, learn new things, achieve and have confidence is priceless,” said Storybook Farm Founder Dena Little. “To have an opportunity to facilitate that is a real gift.”

In the end, fans gathered to watch the 146th Kentucky Derby. Authentic outraced the heavy favorite, Tiz the Law. Ridden by John Velazquez, Authentic led from start to finish and won by 1ΒΌ lengths, giving trainer Bob Baffert his record-tying sixth Derby champion.