My Old Kentucky Home: Kentucky Derby SOTD edition

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What other event in the world could one find; myself, Queen Elizabeth II, George Clooney, a Saudi Prince, and some of the world’s most-famous Pop Stars? Nowhere but the Kentucky Derby, of course! On a single day in May, a 150 000+ spectators spill into Churchill Downs, to view “The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports”. Sprinkled in between the stallions & fillies, seersucker suits, exuberant head-wear, gamblers, and drunkards are quite a few notable folks. So, while I’m william-nilliam with my choice of a SOTD that is, if I feel like dealing with the crowd (game-day decision), I pondered what would some of the other, more famous attendees be wearing? In the wake of smoke from a thousand-and-one cigars, spilt bourbon and Mint Juleps, allow me to wildly guess some scents!


Queen Elizabeth II

I mean, it’s the friggin’ Queen!! I highly doubt she’s attending this year, but what does the Queen actually wear to these kind of shindig? Perhaps, the distilled tears of a thousand Taiwanese orphan children? That may be a little TOO far-fetched, but I’d bet she surely has the last ounce of Unicorn sweat, compounded into an extrait de parfum hidden in her Royal Vault, deep beneath Buckingham, am I right? Nevertheless, your Highness please keep those gems wherever they rest, we’re not worthy! In all seriousness, I take the Queen as a woman wrapped in routine and tradition, I wouldn’t expect her to switch-it-up for anyone or anything, with that said, she’s wise and eloquent and by default, I’ll coronate her scent of the day as Chanel No. 5. I’d like to imagine she’s a Brit with French sensibilities, although veiled for diplomacy sake.


George Clooney

I think I’ve read somewhere that Clooney is a GIT, kind of guy, so why not? Green Irish Tweed it is! In all of its green, oakmoss-y, classic goodness. It’s quite fitting for Clooney, who always seems as if he came out the womb with that dapper-coolness persona, so here’s a timeless fragrance for a timeless-cool gent.


Probably not the biggest name in attendance, but when I think of celebrities and the Kentucky Derby, Usher Raymond always comes to mind. Would it be unfashionable to wear your namesake fragrance? Yes, unfashionable and many other passé words I could conjure up. Usher is still young, hip, relevant, and I would expect his choice of a scent to exude the same qualities. I take Usher as the kind of guy who likes “exclusivity”, but not too exclusive, niche – but not Maison Francis Kurkdjian realm just yet. My guess, is that his stylist (assuming he has one) gifted him with a bottle of Bond No. 9 HTTP; fruity, playful, not too serious and not too niche or obscure.

Prince Khalid bin Abdullah Al Saud

Walking in like the King of Zamunda – Prince Khalid. Prince Khalid being the only person on this list that has interest in thoroughbred racing and not just attending to be seen. I’d like (and HOPE) that I’m greeted by his scent before I see him, or if ever I see him. Maybe it would be some ultra-rare blend of aged-oudh, rose pedals, and extinct sandalwood as he floats about on his, even-more rare and exotic HoverRug *patent pending*. Besides myself, I will wager $2 that he’s the best-smelling person at the Kentucky Derby, or that he’ll at least show.


I am not really sure if I’ll attend this year, I’ll need massive amounts of enabling. Just like any other year, I’ll wake up the morning of and decide. My scent-of-the-day choices are; Creed Aventus or Creed Millesime 1849. I’d like to attach some good memories to either one, and there’s no better place or time to do it!

Hi I am Narada! I discovered my love for all things fragrant after two years of living in France and running out of my sole bottle of cologne that I took with me, YSL L'Homme. Probably the greatest place on earth to run out of your signature scent. I tried to visit every perfumerie from Spain, all the way to Hungary. So, many of my reviews, stories and shorts may reference my travels. Enjoy!

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