Governor Palin and Todd attended the Kentucky Derby yesterday. Here’s an account of her visit from the Lexington Herald-Leader’s Greg Kocher:
The former Alaska governor and her husband, Todd, attended a fundraiser Sunday for the Headley-Whitney Museum in Lexington.
The Palins were the guests of socialite and museum supporter Marylou Whitney and her husband, John Hendrickson, at the annual Brunch and Bibelots party on the museum grounds. Hendrickson knows Palin from when he lived in Alaska in the 1990s.
The Palins attended the Derby as guests of Whitney and Hendrickson.
"That was a blast," Sarah Palin said. She said she and her husband had been to the Belmont Stakes with Whitney and Hendrickson, but this was their first Kentucky Derby.
"It was a once in a lifetime experience," Sarah Palin said. "It was heavenly."
Palin, who was known for her "Drill, baby, drill" catchphrase in support of more domestic oil-drilling during the 2008 presidential campaign, said she bet on Frac Daddy at the Derby. The horse was named for "fracking," the nickname for hydraulic fracturing, the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at high pressure to fracture shale rocks and release natural gas or oil.
"Frac Daddy, the name alone warranted a bet," Palin said. The horse finished 16th in a 19-horse field.