A Great Two Minutes

By Richard Mineards   |   May 14, 2024
Dana Mazzetti, Rochelle Mirabello, Don Gragg, Teresa Kuskey, Joel and Jamie Knee, and Mindy Denson (photo by Priscilla)

A torrent of tony tête toppers descended on the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club when social gadabout Rick Oshay and Teresa Kuskey, founder of the popular La Boheme dance troupe, hosted their fourth annual Run for the Roses bash, celebrating the 150th Kentucky Derby.

Danielle Plantec, Rosanna Jimeno, Tobey Ann Terry, Avi Reichental, and Cindy Dustman (photo by Priscilla)

Known as the Greatest Two Minutes in Sport, the Churchill Downs, Louisville, race with 20 runners, boasts the biggest purse – $5 million – of the three thoroughbred races in the Triple Crown, with the winner getting $3.1 million.

It was won by Mystik Dan with odds of 18-1 in a fantastic photo finish in front of a crowd of 150,000 people.

More than 240 guests – noshing on clubhouse fare and quaffing traditional mint juleps – watched the big event on giant TV screens, including Lisa Osborn, Kostis Protopapas, Robert Adams, Kacey Drescher, Donna Reeves, Chris and Mindy Denson, James and Erin Graffy de Garcia, club manager David Sigman, ubiquitous KEYT reporter John Palminteri, and Fritz and Gretchen Olenberger.

Entertainment was provided by the Out of the Blue band.

A blooming good bash…

Celebrating “Kentucky Derby Day” with “Out of the Blue” and hosts Teresa Kuskey and Rick Oshay (photo by Priscilla)

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