All you need to enjoy a day at the Derby or the Oaks is a sense of adventure and a well-stocked purse.
With a few essential items, race-goers can thwart potential fashion disasters, such as chipped polish or blisters from those kicky new platform sandals, and leave the track a winner.
Lugging around a heavy tote is not the answer. A few key products tucked into a fashionable bag (perhaps one of the season's cute clutches) are all you need.
Just take note of the items banned by Churchill Downs (listed at right), including umbrellas and alcoholic beverages, and know that security can check anything you carry in.