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The Ninth 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 “Touch Gold” Hat
by
MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®

The "Touch Gold" auction hat - "Hats Off to the Horses"
"Touch Gold is just like his hat...bold, big and beautiful."
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Michael Blowen, President and Founder of Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement

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For the ninth 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 January 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 second Derby hat up for bid in our 2018 auction series honors Kentucky-bred, 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 2015 Touch Gold was retired to Old Friends in Kentucky thanks to the generosity of owner Frank Stronach. As luck would have it, Old Friends is also home to Touch Gold's old rival, Silver Charm!

Touch Gold, the horse - Photo by EquiSport Photos
Photo of Touch Gold by EquiSport Photos

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The “Touch Gold” Hat
by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®

The "Touch Gold" Hat modeled by Emily and Carson Sullivan - Matt/Wendy Wooley, EquisportPhotos.com
Emily and jockey Carson Sullivan modeling
The “Touch Gold” Hat

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The “Touch Gold” chapeau is up for bid from February 1st through the 11th.

All proceeds from the sale of the “Touch Gold” hat go to Old Friends.

Special thanks to Emily Sullivan and her husband, jockey Carson Sullivan for helping us with this year's “Hats Off to the Horses” fundraiser that supports the retired racehorses of Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement in Kentucky.

Thanks also to EquiSport Photos for their stunning images and video footage. A special thanks to Bella Rose Clothing Boutique of Lexington, Kentucky for furnishing Emily's lovely dress!

See Wendy Wooley's behind-the-scenes video of the hat photo shoot with our models at Old Friends

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In an April 7, 2016 America's Best Racing article by Melissa Bauer-Herzog (“Catching up with Touch Gold”), President and Founder of Old Friends Michael Blowen stated, “I love Touch Gold, he’s the fastest horse on the farm.”

Touch Gold, the horse - Photo by Laura Battles
Old Friends President Michael Blowen races Touch Gold

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Michael continued, “First he wouldn’t really come to anybody. We were told when he came here that he was difficult but (these horses) are so valuable they couldn’t call the shots for a long time … When they come here, they’re totally in charge, they train us, the shoe is completely on the other foot. They train us. So once they get to be a horse again and just be out, their personalities all change.”

Touch Gold, the horse
Touch Gold, the horse - Photo by Rick Capone

When I asked Beth Shannon, volunteer at Old Friends, her impression of Touch Gold she responded, “He's the ultimate tough guy with a heart of pure gold. He's fierce, he's feisty, he's rough, and he's loving.”

Touch Gold, the horse - Photo by Rick Capone


And Touch Gold's talents were on display that June morning of the big 1997 race at Belmont Park. Horse racing lovers had come from all over the world to see the great racehorse, Silver Charm, become only the 12th horse to capture the coveted Triple Crown.

After an early lead in the race, jockey Chris McCarron settled Touch Gold back behind the leaders. At the top of the stretch they were still fourth off the lead as the crowd rose to their feet in the hope of seeing Silver Charm make racing history. But a bold move by McCarron guiding his mount to the far outside of the front runners allowed Touch Gold just the opportunity he needed to dig down and find another gear. The duo surged past them all and crossed the finish line three-quarters of a length ahead of Silver Charm!

In a June 8, 2018 New York Times article by Joseph Durso, Silver Charm's jockey Gary Stevens stated, ''I saw a shadow out of the corner of my eye. It was Touch Gold, and Silver Charm never saw him.'' In that same article Silver Charm's trainer, Bob Baffert stated, ''And when Silver Charm got a head in front in the stretch, he thought they were done. But he forgot that Touch Gold was out there too.''

Touch Gold, the horse - Photo by EquiSport Photos
Photo of Touch Gold by EquiSport Photos


Clearly, a very special hat was needed to honor this proud retiree of Old Friends. The resulting hat design showcases Touch Gold's beautiful bay coat, his blue and black racing silk colors, and his bold spirit and athleticism.

The foundation of the wide brim design was created out of soft blue dupioni silk.

The "Touch Gold" auction hat - "Hats Off to the Horses"

The edge of the brim was trimmed with a unique, asymmetrical double organza ruffled brim edge. Created out of alternating layers of black and chocolate organza, the resulting look conveys the movement of the Thoroughbred athlete at full gallop.

The "Touch Gold" auction hat - "Hats Off to the Horses"

A thin strip of fancy black braiding was then top stitched to the ruffled brim edges to give it a finished look.

The "Touch Gold" auction hat - "Hats Off to the Horses"

For the trim centerpiece a single large rose was sculpted out of swirling layers of pale blue, aqua blue and gold organza and placed along the front crown of the hat. A shiny black button framed in gold was stitched to the center of the rose.

The "Touch Gold" auction hat - "Hats Off to the Horses"

The rose was then framed with a medley of sheer black silk organza and gold organza leaves, then topstitched with gold embroidery thread.

The "Touch Gold" auction hat - "Hats Off to the Horses"

Fabric “feathers”, a MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® trademark, were fashioned in varying sizes out of black and gold organza and layered and shaped to add a splash of dramatic detail to the floral trim.

The "Touch Gold" auction hat - "Hats Off to the Horses"

As you can see the hat, like the horse, is bold and stunning from every angle!

The "Touch Gold" auction hat - "Hats Off to the Horses"

An elegant sash, created out of chocolate crinkle taffeta encircles the crown of the hat.

The "Touch Gold" auction hat - "Hats Off to the Horses"

A large black pebble button was added to the back of the hat for the finishing touch.

The "Touch Gold" auction hat - "Hats Off to the Horses"

The lining for the “Touch Gold” hat was created from a rich brown satin to coordinate with the trims.

The "Touch Gold" auction hat - "Hats Off to the Horses"

The finished “Touch Gold” hat design measures approximately 25 inches across, inclusive of the ruffled brim and silk “feathers”.

The "Touch Gold" auction hat - "Hats Off to the Horses"

As a physical remembrance of Touch Gold, several strands of his 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.

The "Touch Gold" auction hat - "Hats Off to the Horses"

The purpose of this amazing millinery delight is to honor the life of Touch Gold 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, Touch Gold!

Touch Gold, the horse - Photo by Rick Capone

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The “Touch Gold” Hat by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®

The "Touch Gold" Hat modeled by Emily and Carson Sullivan - Matt/Wendy Wooley, EquisportPhotos.com
Emily and jockey Carson Sullivan modeling
The “Touch Gold” Hat

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Special thanks once again to Emily Sullivan and her husband, jockey Carson Sullivan for helping us with this year's “Hats Off to the Horses” fundraiser!

The "Touch Gold" Hat modeled by Emily and Carson Sullivan - Matt/Wendy Wooley, EquisportPhotos.com

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Back again this season!

MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® presents

''Friends of Old Friends''

"Friends of Old Friends" - "Touch Gold" Derby Hat Auction

Please join me in thanking all of the wonderful organizations listed in the above poster who have joined us this year as “Friends of Old Friends” to help spread the word about our “Hats Off to the Horses” fundraiser.
To read more about this new social media campaign, please click on the poster or this link to learn more!

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To read more about Touch Gold, 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!

The Rosie Signature Hat Collection

Please click on the above photo to visit the updated collection!

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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:

HorseRacingNation

CNN.com

www.HorseRacesNow.com

America's Best Racing

Bloodhorse.com

Paulick Report

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Custom hatboxes for your auction hats!

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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