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Please join us once again for

The Seventh Annual
"Hats Off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby"
A Unique Online Derby Hat Auction Benefiting Old Friends

sponsored by
MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®
Custom Derby Millinery by Sally Faith Steinmann


The “Amazombie” Hat
by
MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®

The "Amazombie" auction hat - "Hats Off to the Horses"

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For the seventh consecutive year, MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® of Cape Cod and Old Friends of Kentucky are teaming up again for an unparalleled online shopping experience that began November 1st with their "Hats Off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby" auction. This unique Derby hat fundraiser is an annual event which features one-of-a-kind couture Derby hats created and donated by Sally Faith Steinmann of MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® to benefit the retired racehorses of Old Friends.
The fourth hat up for bid in our auction series honors multiple graded stakes and Eclipse award winner, Amazombie. Bred in California by Gregg Anderson and owned by Thomas C. Sanford & William Spawr, it was Amazombie's victories in the 2011 Sunshine Millions Sprint, the Tiznow Stakes, the Potrero Grande Handicap and the Breeders’ Cup Sprint that earned him the 2011 Eclipse Award winner as Champion Sprinter.

Amazombie - photo by Rick Capone

Amazombie was retired to Old Friends in 2014 thanks to the efforts of Bill Spawr.
The “Amazombie” chapeau is up for bid from February 1st through the 11th.
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The “Amazombie” Hat by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®
The "Amazombie" Hat modeled by Rosie Napravnik with her husband, trainer Joe Sharp and their little boy, Carson - Matt/Wendy Wooley, EquisportPhotos.com
Rosie Napravnik modeling
The “Amazombie” Hat by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®

Special thanks to Rosie Napravnik, her husband, trainer Joe Sharp and their little boy Carson for helping us with this year's “Hats Off to the Horses” fundraiser that supports the retired racehorses of Old Friends in Kentucky.

Carson is modeling one of our hats from another hat collection that supports Old Friends, The Little Silver Charm Kids' Hat Collection”!

Joe's fedora hat is part of the new line of men's Derby hats by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® and although not included in the auction, it is available for purchase at Men's Hats for the Kentucky Derby.

Thanks to EquiSport Photos for their stunning images and video footage and to Bella Rose Clothing Boutique of Lexington, Kentucky for furnishing Rosie's lovely dress!

See Wendy Wooley's behind-the-scenes video of the hat photo shoot with Rosie, Joe and Carson at Old Friends

The "Amazombie" Hat modeled by Rosie Napravnik with her husband, trainer Joe Sharp and their little boy, Carson - Matt/Wendy Wooley, EquisportPhotos.com

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Amazombie's racing career really peaked in 2011 when as a 5-year old he tallied up a string of victories in the 2011 Sunshine Millions Sprint, the Tiznow Stakes, the Potrero Grande Handicap and the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, sewing up Eclipse honors in the Sprint division at year's end.

Although they never faced one another on the track, Amazombie and Game on Dude were destined to be retired to Old Friends together. They shared both a flight and a van trip as they made their way on October 7, 2014 to Dream Chase Farm. In a Daily Racing Form article Michael Blowen stated, “I think they’re buddies now."

Beth Shannon of Old Friends described Amazombie in the following way: “Beautiful, classy, spunky but kind, curious, smart, friendly, Rapid Redux's best buddy. He has a grace about him that's lovely to watch, such a refined horse. He's not at all big-headed about being a champion, unlike his best buddy, who hams it with relish for anybody who'll watch him. Amazombie is happy to go along and get along, but he's not a pushover. He can stand up for himself, and did a darn good job of exactly that to become the Eclipse Award Sprint Champion of 2011.”

Amazombie - photo by EquiSport Photos

And she added, “He's got gorgeous big kind eyes.”

Amazombie - photo by EquiSport Photos

A very special chapeau was needed to honor this accomplished equine athlete and celebrate his new life at Old Friends. An elegant Derby design was created with a unique blend of colors, shades and textures that showcases Amazombie's medium bay coloring, kind temperament and his racing silk colors of white, red and black.

The “Amazombie” hat was created with as a tapered wide brim, using white dupioni silk for the foundation.

The "Amazombie" auction hat - "Hats Off to the Horses"



The "Amazombie" auction hat - "Hats Off to the Horses"

A black and white polka dot underbrim creates a vibrant, colorful effect when the wearer's face is upturned.

The "Amazombie" auction hat - "Hats Off to the Horses"

Seven roses were handcrafted out of red silk organza to reflect Amazombie's post position number seven when he won the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Sprint in 2011.

The "Amazombie" auction hat - "Hats Off to the Horses"

Each rose curl was framed with black silk organza leaves and a dash of wispy chocolate tulle.

The "Amazombie" auction hat - "Hats Off to the Horses"

The seven rose curl clusters were then evenly hand stitched along the edge of the brim so that the roses could be seen all around as the hat is turned.

The "Amazombie" auction hat - "Hats Off to the Horses"


The "Amazombie" auction hat - "Hats Off to the Horses"

A sash was created out of layered black silk organza and placed around the crown.

The "Amazombie" auction hat - "Hats Off to the Horses"

To balance the drama of the roses, a large triple layer bow with three tails was created out of black silk organza and set on the back of the hat with the tails spilling over the brim edge.

The "Amazombie" auction hat - "Hats Off to the Horses"

Stunning from every angle!

The "Amazombie" auction hat - "Hats Off to the Horses"


The "Amazombie" auction hat - "Hats Off to the Horses"

A chocolate metallic taffeta was chosen for the lining of the “Amazombie” to match the gelding's bay coat.

The "Amazombie" auction hat - "Hats Off to the Horses"

The finished “Amazombie” hat design measures nearly 22 inches across inclusive of the roses along the brim edge.

The "Amazombie" auction hat - "Hats Off to the Horses"

As a physical remembrance of Amazombie, several strands of the gelding's tail hair were braided and woven into the trim of the hat, creating a unique, one-of-a-kind Derby chapeau that captures Amazombie not only in spirit but in substance as well.
The purpose of this amazing millinery delight is to honor the life of Amazombie and all of the horses who, thanks to the generosity of those who support their aftercare, now graze in the warm sunshine of Dream Chase Farm for the rest of their lives.
"Sally Faith Steinmann's works of millinery art have raised thousands of dollars and a priceless amount of awareness for all these great retired athletes. Their stunning beauty and indescribable originality symbolize what one great artist can do to positively alter the lives of so many deserving athletes." - Michael Blowen, President and founder of Old Friends

Hats off to you, Amazombie!

Amazombie - photo by EquiSport Photos
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The “Amazombie” Hat by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®

The "Amazombie" Hat modeled by Rosie Napravnik with her husband, trainer Joe Sharp and their little boy, Carson - Matt/Wendy Wooley, EquisportPhotos.com

See Wendy Wooley's behind-the-scenes video of the hat photo shoot with Rosie, Joe and Carson at Old Friends!

The "Amazombie" Hat modeled by Rosie Napravnik with her husband, trainer Joe Sharp and their little boy, Carson - Matt/Wendy Wooley, EquisportPhotos.com
Rosie Napravnik modeling the “Amazombie” hat
Photo by EquiSport Photos

Carson is modeling one of our hats from another hat collection that supports Old Friends, The Little Silver Charm Kids' Hat Collection”!

Joe's fedora hat is part of the new line of men's Derby hats by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® and although not included in the auction, it is available for purchase at Men's Hats for the Kentucky Derby.

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The “Amazombie” chapeau is up for bid from February 1st through the 11th.
BID NOW

To read more about Amazombie, the horse, please click on the following link - Featured Horse.

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Bid as many times and on as many hats as you like during this running auction. For further information about the eBay bidding process, please contact Old Friends at 502-863-1775. If you don't desire to place a bid on a hat, please contact Old Friends to see about what other ways you might be able to help out at Dream Chase Farm.
Freight charges will be at the expense of the winning bidder. Winning bidders, please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery of your hat in order to ensure proper sizing.

To view the couture Derby hats from previous auctions, please click on the following - Old Friends Hat Auction Portfolio.

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The Rosie Signature Hat Collection

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A very special ongoing hat collaboration with retired jockey Rosie Napravnik to benefit Old Friends of KY!


Featuring the NEW
“Rosie Wedding Hats”!

The Rosie Signature Hat Collection - "Rosie Wedding Hats"

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Special thanks to the following for their support of our annual “Hats Off to the Horses” Derby hat auctions for Old Friends:

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America's Best Racing

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MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® custom hatboxes
All winning bidders' hats are shipped to them in custom MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® hatboxes for storage.

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