An annual event, “Hats Off” features one-of-a-kind couture Derby hats created by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® to benefit the retired racehorses of Old Friends. All proceeds from the sale of the hats go to Old Friends.
The second Derby hat up for bid in our 2018 auction series honors Kentucky-bred, Touch Gold.
Touch Gold, the 24 year-old son of Deputy Minister, is perhaps best known for his thrilling victory in the 1997 Belmont Stakes over the much-favored Triple Crown hopeful, Silver Charm. In a twist of fate, these two, who were once rivals, now both bask in the sun and roll on the green grass at Dream Chase Farm. To learn more about this great champion, please visit the Touch Gold webpage.
One has only to watch the big race between Touch Gold and Silver Charm that Belmont Park morning back in June 1997 to understand the athleticism and the tenacity of this amazing champion.
I wanted to create a very special hat that would showcase Touch Gold’s beautiful bay coat, his blue and black racing silk colors and his bold spirit and athleticism; all carefully woven together with threads of “gold” as reflected not only in his achievements but in his heart as well.
But first, I needed to do my homework! To learn more about Touch Gold’s life and career I went online and watched videos of his wins on the track, studied his pedigree and his connections, and before I knew it I had the background information that I needed.
Next, I took alternating layers of shimmering black and chocolate organza and fashioned an asymmetrical ruffled brim edge, stitching it to the edge of the brim to convey the movement of this Thoroughbred athlete at full gallop.
And as a physical remembrance of Touch Gold, several strands of this great champion’s tail hair were braided and woven into the trim of the hat, creating a unique, one-of-a-kind Derby chapeau that captures Touch Gold not only in spirit but in substance as well.
We want to extend a big thank you to Emily and Carson Sullivan who were splendid models for the “Touch Gold” chapeau as well as to Matt and Wendy Wooley of EquiSport Photos who always work their camera magic for these auctions. A big thanks also goes to Bella Rose for providing Emily’s dress.
For a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the “Touch Gold” hat photo shoot, please enjoy the video provided by EquiSport Photos.
The “Touch Gold” is now up for bid on EBay. Bidding ends Sunday, February 11th at 8 PM EST.
Please also enjoy this slideshow of the “Touch Gold” chapeau and the horse who inspired it.
For more information about this one-of-a-kind Derby chapeau please visit the Touch Gold hat webpage.
Thank you for visiting Hats and Horses, and here’s to our best auction season yet!