Derby Day a big deal in South Walton

Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 02:51 PM.

"Laura and I met while we both lived in Ocala (thoroughbred horse country), and she was running and exercising racehorses at some of the most prominent farms in the area," he said.

Seagrove's Jane Soloman was able to mark the Derby off her bucket list last year when she and some girlfriends attended. But this year, she will sip her mint juleps from the comfort of a friend's home.

Sandestin's Jon Vice said he enjoys the race but would never go to the Derby.

"Too many amateurs!" he said. He usually watches from the comfort of his home, but this year he will watch it at the Atlanta airport awaiting a flight to Rome.

Commissioner Cindy Meadows said last year she was invited to view the Derby at a private party and hopes she is invited again this year.

"I did pick the winner, so they might not invite me!" she jokes.

Sandestin's Jerry and Doreen Baca try to watch the Derby every year — usually at the Ocean Club while having an early dinner. But this year, the couple is breaking that habit and going to the home of a friend.

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