In the old days, major Hollywood film stars such as Jack Nicholson and Sylvester Stallone made a point of attending the Kentucky Derby. But as this Saturday’s 137th running looms, the celebrity pickings are once again pretty slim, part of a recent trend towards celebs of a reality TV pedigree.
Rich Copley, columnist with the Lexington Herald-Leader, delves into the matter with a professor of pop culture at Syracuse University and Access Hollywood producer Rob Silverstein. In a sense, it’s kind of surprising that the cast of Jersey Shore will not be there Saturday:
“We just got back from the royal wedding, and I think of the Derby in the same sort of way, as a pageant of style and fashion,” Silverstein says. “That’s what we come for. I’m not expecting to see 20 to 30 major celebrities.”
Per TheHorsepedia.com, there’s no shortage of bolder-face logical Derby attendees. Maybe event organizers just need to get more pro-active with the invites.