Dress for Stephen Foster Night Without Breaking the Bank

Foster fashion

By Penelope Miller, courtesy America's Best Racing

The Stephen Foster and Fleur de Lis Handicaps this Saturday at Churchill Downs, and we’re here to help you look your best for the Breeders’ Cup "Win and You’re In" qualifiers.

June 17 will be hotter than ever with the Downs After Dark, an evening that includes night racing, Miami-inspired cocktails, live Salsa music, Art Basel-inspired galleries, and the reveal of the logo for the 144th Kentucky Derby. Fans are encouraged to dress for the theme, drawing inspiration from a South Beach color scheme. With that in mind, below are four looks that are perfect for an evening of Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re in racing that are affordable enough that you’ll still have plenty of betting money for the track.


This South Beach-inspired look draws on bright colors and bold trends. The hot pink skirt has a flamenco-inspired ruffle, which is very on-trend for Spring 2017. Add a prettily-scalloped mint top, a pair of comfortable white wedges, a geometric handbag, and stacks of bangles to complete the Miami theme. Then, make the look race-ready with an ABR Signature Collection fascinator from Christine A. Moore, the official millener of the Breeders’ Cup.


Gentlemen, you can embrace your inner Miamian with a stylish, hot-weather ready pair of Theory trousers, a floral button-down, a very cool pair of striped slip-ons, and a ribbon belt. Top the whole look off with an ABR Signature Collection fedora from Christine A. Moore, and you’re ready for a chic night at the Downs!


Be trendy at the track for Churchill Downs’ South Beach-themed Stephen Foster evening with a cold shoulder dress that boasts a palm frond motif. Add some layered necklaces, a pair of metallic sandals with a chunky heel (your feet will thank you later!) and a laser-cut handbag for the perfect Miami-inspired look. Add a white trilby to bring South Beach to the track, and you’re off to the races!


Our final look combines a day on the South Florida shore with an evening at the races; start with a pair of linen trousers, then add a whimsical button-down with an equine motif. A nautically-inspired belt and a pair of oxblood-hued sneakers keep the look fresh, making your outfit perfect for the Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In action at Churchill Downs!