When the field goes to the post for the Kentucky Derby next weekend, many casual fans will pick their rooting interests from the riders' bright outfits. Few may know about the tradition behind the silks — not just their use, but their maker.
Bloodline Products may be a fully modern web-based business but as Business Lexington magazine reports, it's three generations in the making. Before it lived online, the maker of racing silks was known as Silks Unlimited and was founded in 1992 by Patricia Headley Green, daughter of Kentucky horseman and Keeneland co-founder Hal Price Headley. Green passed the business on to her daughter, Adele Headley Green, who has since handed the reins to Adiclere Evans.
Evans says her family's silks have dressed winners of the Derby and Breeders' cup for the past 35 years. Despite their name, modern silks tend to be made of satin or Lycra these days. Evans offers custom jockey pants, helmet covers, saddle towels, pillows, blinkers, and miniature silks for display or decoration.
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