Saturday, June 8, 2013

David Contarino: The Kentucky Derby Is Part of What Makes Kentucky Great

David Contarino is enchanted with the state of Kentucky. The Louisville-based political strategist and consultant says that the “Bluegrass State” is known for its famous bourbon, which people around the world enjoy. But during early May, more than 150,000 visitors attend one of the greatest events in the world: the Kentucky Derby.

Q: You’re a huge fan of the Kentucky Derby. How many years have you been coming now?

David Contarino: I’ve been a fan of the Derby for many years, way before I even moved to Kentucky.

Q: What brought you to this event initially?

David Contarino: I was involved with the Democratic Governors Association in New Mexico, which provided me with the opportunity to visit the Derby. It just so happened that the Association had a box on the fifth floor of the Jockey Club suites.

Q: What did you think of the Jockey Club suites?

David Contarino: Well, as nice as the Jockey Club is, nothing beats being down among the throngs and close to the action.

Q: In your opinion, what is the most interesting part about the Kentucky Derby?

David Contarino: One of the truly unique characteristics of the Kentucky Derby is the hats. The Kentucky Derby hat parade is very interesting and fun to watch. There are absolutely no rules or limits when it comes to choosing a Derby hat.

Q: Who did you predict would win this year?

David Contarino: This year, I was fortunate to be in a box on the rail, as my pick, Orb, won the Derby. It was very exciting.

Q: What advice would you give to someone who wants to attend the Derby?

David Contarino: Get your tickets early, before they sell out, because they always do.


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