And They’re Off! Derby Day No. 1 Recap

JW_Tw_04-30-2015_02Johnny at Churchill Downs this morning, filming for NBC with Tara. Via Gary Mihoces: “Johnny Weir gets a touch of makeup at Churchill Downs. Full jockey regalia today. #KentuckyDerby2015”

NEW!! Johnny and Tara will be on The Today Show Friday morning!

Set those DVRs! With any luck, we’ll have video available soon after the broadcast, so please check back here for updates.

JW_Tw_04-30-2015_14Via @camhatsNYC: “Sneak peekwhat @JohnnyGWeir will wear on @TODAYshow @taralipinski @nut4newsz @NBCSports #kyderby2015 @ElisaDiStefano”

Note: this is NOT the custom-made hat by Kerin Rose Gold that Johnny will be wearing on Saturday at the Derby (incomprehensible sneak peek here).

UPDATE: Video of Johnny and Tara’s segment from the Today Show!

Video link.


Alternate video link.

ICYMI: Johnny and Tara’s complete Twitter Q&A from Wednesday is available here!

OK! The Kentucky Derby whirlwind has begun! There were a few behind-the-scenes Periscope livestreams posted this morning, but unfortunately they disappear after one hour, so they’re no longer available for viewing. Except for this one from Toni Konz, my new fav reporter ever:

This was taken while Johnny and Tara were doing a segment for NBC, so hopefully we’ll have finished footage soon to enjoy. Please forgive the weird glitch-y stuff that happens randomly at the top of the screen, and please also try to ignore the livestream comments that pop up….
Video link.

And now, a photo recap of Thursday thus far. First, from Twitter, which really needs to learn that bigger photos are better:

JW_Tw_04-30-2015_01Via @NBCSN: “Hanging at the @KentuckyDerby Barns with @_Dortmund__’s owner & @JohnnyGWeir & @taralipinski #KyDerby”


JW_Tw_04-30-2015_09Via @SaratogaGoose: “Johnny Weir & Kaleem Shah [Dortmund’s owner]. This was unexpected.”


JW_Tw_04-30-2015_03AVia @markcornelison: “Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir at the Dortmund barn. @heraldleader @johnclayiv”


JW_Tw_04-30-2015_12Via @tonikonz: “ICYMI: @taralipinski & @JohnnyGWeir visit @JustinZayat & brought hair extensions for #AmericanPharoah #KyDerby”


JW_Tw_04-30-2015_05Via @tonikonz: “Spotted @taralipinski & @JohnnyGWeir visit @JustinZayat, they brought hair extensions for #AmericanPharoah #KyDerby”


JW_Tw_04-30-2015_08Via @JonathanPalmer: “#KyDerby analysts @JohnnyGWeir and @taralipinski give @JustinZayat extra tail hair for A. Pharoah.”


JW_Tw_04-30-2015_07AVia @markcornelison: “Figure skaters Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir with Justin Zayat at American Pharoah’s barn. @heraldleader @johnclayiv”


And from Instagram:


Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski talking to Dortmund's owner #kyderby

A photo posted by John Clay (@johnclay21) on


Dancing in the stables @taralipinski @johnnygweir #taraandjohnny #kentuckyderby2015

A photo posted by TARA & JOHNNY (@taraandjohnny) on


We are back with the horses! 🐎 #KentuckyDerby @nbcsports @johnnygweir #taraandjohnny

A photo posted by Tara Lipinski (@taralipinski) on


in the stables with @taralipinski, @johnnygweir, and war story, who's resting up for his big race this weekend! #KYderby

A photo posted by sarahhughes11 (@sarahhughes11) on


Meet Harley. He's a big guy. @johnnygweir #taraandjohnny @nbcsports #kentuckyderby2015

A photo posted by Tara Lipinski (@taralipinski) on


Because you can't get enough Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir #kyderby

A photo posted by John Clay (@johnclay21) on


Ridin' Dirty @taralipinski @taraandjohnny

A photo posted by JOHNNY WEIR (@johnnygweir) on


Little morning action at the barns with @taralipinski! @taraandjohnny @nbcsports

A photo posted by JOHNNY WEIR (@johnnygweir) on


Day 1 that's a wrap. 🐎 Riding outfit @rag_bone pants @gap jean shirt @dolcegabbana boots

A photo posted by Tara Lipinski (@taralipinski) on


Look of the Day: Jacket @thombrowneny Shirting @iroparis Neck @joomilim Breeches, Helmet, Chaps and Boots Vintage

A photo posted by JOHNNY WEIR (@johnnygweir) on


Come for a ride with us! @taralipinski @johnnygweir #kentuckyderby2015

A video posted by TARA & JOHNNY (@taraandjohnny) on

Love this.

Cheat Sheet! Here’s a quick look at the Glitter Twins’ NBC Sports social media takeover schedule for the week:

  • Monday: Johnny and Tara’s Derby Trends Pinterest Board launched today. Click here for a link to their fashion and entertainment picks.
  • Tuesday: Fans can join Johnny and Tara as they capture their experience packing for Derby week on NBC Sports’ Vine account.
  • Wednesday: Johnny and Tara will take over the @NBCSN Twitter handle to answer questions about Derby fashion and the scene at Churchill Downs.
  • Thursday: Johnny and Tara will Periscope “A Day in the Life at Churchill Downs” from the @NBCSN Twitter handle, giving fans a live stream of what’s happening behind-the-scenes as they prep for Thursday’s Kentucky Derby Access show at 4 pm ET on NBCSN.
  • Friday: Johnny and Tara will take over the NBC Sports Instagram, posting photos from the Pink Carpet at the Kentucky Oaks.

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  1 comment for “And They’re Off! Derby Day No. 1 Recap

  1. Chris
    May 1, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    smiles, smiles, smiles… thank you Binky!

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