Michael Blowen at Old Friends

Michael Blowen at Old Friends

Anne M. Eberhardt

'Hats Off to the Horses' Bidding Underway

Hat auction to benefit Old Friends retirement home for horses.

"Hats Off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby," the fourth annual online charity auction produced by Old Friends and custom millinery Maggie Mae Designs, continued as bidding opened on a new handcrafted Kentucky Derby hat.

The new hat is named "The Popcorn Deelites," honoring the gelding more famous for his role in the film "Seabiscuit" than his years in the claiming ranks on the racetrack. 

Bidding on the hat will be conducted for 11 days at the Old Friends website www.oldfriendsequine.org.

This is one of six creations by milliner Sally Faith Steinmann of Maggie Mae Designs that will be auctioned this season. Each of the six Steinmann pieces will be inspired by one of the pensioned racehorses at Old Friends. All proceeds will benefit the non-profit retirement facility near Georgetown, Ky.

Steinman's Popcorn Deelites hat plays off the gelding's movie-star status, with Seabiscuit's recognizable red and white racing silks providing the color palette.