Anna Nicole Smith’s daughter Dannielynn Birkhead coordinated perfectly with her father, Larry Birkhead, on Saturday as the couple continued a long family tradition and attended the Kentucky Derby.
The late model’s 14-year-old daughter, who died of an accidental overdose in 2007, beamed with excitement as she and her father, 48, got ready for a day of horse racing at Churchill Downs in Louisville.
The horse race has a special place in the heart of the family when Larry met Anna there in 2004, where she was photographed in an iconic pink hat.
Larry and his daughter posted a trio of photos to their joint Instagram account, accompanied by a lengthy caption detailing the weekend, while Larry joked that Dannielynn’s eye-catching teal trouser suit was “done first.”
Derby Debut: Anna Nicole Smith’s daughter Dannielynn Birkhead, 14, heads to the Kentucky Derby with dad Larry Birkhead joking that her teal trouser suit is ‘ready first’
Annual outing: ‘It’s that time of the year again. @ Kentuckyderby weekend is here! ” A snippet of the caption rang out as they shared photos of their look for the annual race at Churchill Downs
Racing puns: ‘Dannielynn’ finished first ‘in her trouser suit and a gorgeous white-flowered fascinator,’ he wrote, continuing to say she was definitely growing into a teen with many opinions
The father-daughter duo posed on a sidewalk for a photo before sharing snaps from the racetrack, one of which featured the blonde teen in a studded face mask to match her outfit.
‘It’s that time of the year again. @ Kentuckyderby weekend is here! While our favorite event The Barnstable-Brown Party won’t be returning until next year, we decided to head to the Churchill Downs race track on this beautiful day in preparation for The Kentucky Derby, ” they wrote.
Dannielynn was determined to have a different style this year. Since she’s older, it’s not like you can just go out and pick out a little kid’s dress like I had for all the Derby races in the past. She picked out a (Jovani) trouser suit that she loved online and they brought it to her just in time for the big race. She wanted to coordinate everything this year right down to her blinged-out mask, ” Larry told DailyMail.com.
Larry Birkhead and his daughter Dannielynn, pictured here at the age of three, look at an Anna Nicole Smith dress at the Kentucky Derby Museum Wednesday, April 2010
Photographer Larry Birkhead and daughter Dannielynn Birkhead are pictured at the 137th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in May 2011
Another photo of the father-daughter duo taken in 2011
Father Larry Birkhead and daughter, Dannielynn are seen for the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in May 2014
In 2016, the couple began coordinating all of their outfits in color. Here they are pictured at the 142nd Kentucky Derby in 2016
Larry Birkhead and daughter Dannielynn Birkhead will be seen in 2019. Dannielynn’s mother, Anna Nicole Smith, wore the same hat 15 years earlier in 2004.
Larry explained that the trip to the racecourse was even more special, given that the global pandemic had resulted in almost everything else being canceled.
‘We had a great time just spending time together eating a lot of food and enjoying the nice weather. Since Covid it has been a challenge to get out of the house and lots to do, so this was a special treat and time, ‘he said.
Teenage Dannielynn looked grown up in a cheerful Jovani trouser suit decorated with pearl buttons shaped like flowers.
And she continued to shine in a pair of studded flats, plus she went all out on the derby theme while wearing a white-flowered fascinator.
‘She’s getting so big it’s scary. She will be driving in a few years! I tried to get her one of her mom’s old cars, but she’s already talking about a Tesla! Larry was joking.
‘She is doing well in school and has good grades, but she misses personal school and seeing all her friends. I am really proud of her and think great things are coming of her. I think people make natural comparisons to her mother, but the truth is that she is her own person and she is determined to do things alone, even at such a young age, ”Larry explained.
147 Years: The Derby was back in action and many celebrities came out to see the race for the 147th year in Kentucky; pictured on May 1
Photographer Larry debuted a white linen suit with a blue button placket and pastel plaid tie and shared the caption that Dannielynn spent time “ criticizing [his] outfit, ‘after wondering that her look was’ finished first’.
‘Dannielynn’ finished first ‘in her trouser suit and a gorgeous white-flowered fascinator,’ he wrote, continuing to say that she was definitely growing into a teen of many opinions.
She said she wanted to wear something completely different than in the past. I guess that means there are no more ‘little girl’ dresses ?? She emptied out the chocolate brownies, ice cream and nachos, and criticized my outfit at the same time, ‘the caption concluded.
In 2019, Dannielynn continued her legacy when she came to the derby wearing the same hat and was reminiscent of her late mother.
Larry Birkhead and Anna Nicole Smith in a photo of the May 1, 2004 Kentucky Derby on Larry’s Instagram page. In 2019 daughter Dannielynn wore the exact same hat during the Derby
Mini-me: In 2019, she continued Anna Nicole’s legacy during the derby wearing her oversized pink hat and looking like a striking statue of her bombshell mom
Dannielynn and Larry had participated in a 20/20 ABC News special in February, where they reflected on the playmate’s life as they visited her hometown of Mexia, Texas and spoke to friends who knew her before she was famous.
“You’re your mother, you look just like her,” a friend marveled at Dannielynn, saying she had always “dreamed” of having a daughter. Sadly, Smith died when she was only five months old.
She also had a son Daniel with ex-husband Billy Wayne Smith who tragically suffered the same fate as Anna, who died of an accidental overdose just a year before her death, and days after welcoming Dannielynn.
Anna should be remembered as this larger than life figure who was a truly caring, caring person. A beautiful lady who loved her fans and her family, ”Birkhead said in the special.
Anna Nicole Smith greeted the audience for the Kentucky Derby in May 2003
Tragic Fate: She also had a son Daniel with ex-husband Billy Wayne Smith who tragically suffered the same fate as Anna, who died of an accidental overdose in 2006, just a year before her own death, and days after welcoming Dannielynn. She is pictured with Daniel in 2004