Anna Nicole Smith's Daughter Dannielynn Birkhead, 12, Honors Mom at Her 10th Kentucky Derby

The tween and dad Larry Birkhead have attended the annual event every year since 2010.

By Corinne Heller May 04, 2019 3:02 PMTags
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Anna Nicole Smith's daughter Dannielyn Birkhead, now age 12, has returned to the Kentucky Derby.

On Saturday, the tween and her father and the late star's ex, Larry Birkhead appeared at the annual event for the 10th year in a row. Dannielynn honored her late mother with a family heirloom.

"Kentucky Derby time once again. Dannielynn looks pretty in pink in her dress by Junona and her Mom's hat from her unforgettable appearance at The Kentucky Derby in 2004 #KentuckyDerby2019," Larry tweeted.

Larry, who tends to coordinate his Kentucky Derby outfits with his daughter, wore a matching baby pink suit.


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While they otherwise largely stay out of the spotlight, Dannielynn and her father have attended the Kentucky Derby together every year since 2010.

The annual weekend event holds a special place in their heart; Anna had actually met Larry while she was shooting her E! show at the Barnstable Brown Kentucky Derby Eve Gala in 2003, four years before the model died at age 39

See photos of Dannielynn and Larry Birkhead at the Kentucky Derby over the past 10 years.


The 16-year-old steps out in style with her dad Larry Birkhead after paying tribute to her late mom with a fashion statement at the Barnstable Brown Kentucky Derby Eve Gala on May 5.


Anna Nicole Smith's daughter, then 15, sports a colorful look as she poses with dad Larry Birkhead at the 2022 Kentucky Derby.


Larry and Dannielynn appear at the 2022 Barnstable-Brown Gala, a Kentucky Derby pre-party. Dannielynn is wearing the outfit that Janet Jackson wore to the 2003 Barnstable-Brown Gala. Larry said it was purchased in a Julien's Auction, with proceeds benefitting charity.


They're back! Dannielynn and dad Larryreturned to celebrate the Kentucky Derby with these corresponding looks a day before the annual event.


Masked up!


All smiles!


Dannielynn and Larry attend the 2019 Kentucky Derby. He tweeted, "Kentucky Derby time once again. Dannielynn looks pretty in pink in her dress by Junona and her Mom's hat from her unforgettable appearance at The Kentucky Derby in 2004 #KentuckyDerby2019."


The tween is all smiles in a yellow floral dress as she poses with her dad.


Dannielynn and her dad are feeling blue, in a good way!


Everything's coming up roses for the twosome!


At just 10 years old, Dannielynn is already a red carpet veteran!


Think pink! Dannielynn and Larry pick coordinating colors for their festive frocks.


Larry leads the way as Dannielynn smiles for the cameras.


Chim chim cheree! The daddy-daughter duo take inspiration from Mary Poppins.


Flower power! Anna Nicole's mini-me's fascinator is in full bloom.


Who needs a fascinator when you're this fabulous?


She's her mother's daughter, all right!

On Friday, the two attended the Barnstable Brown Kentucky Derby Eve Gala that precedes the race. Dannielynn was all smiles, wearing a sleeveless, yellow Junona dress with a pink floral bodice and a ruffled asymmetrical tulle skirt, paired with hot pink strappy sandals.

"Headed to the 31st annual Barnstable-Brown Derby Eve Gala with Dannielynn, in her awesome dress by Junona. The start to an awesome weekend! #proudpapa #kyderby #KentuckyDerby2019 #BarnstableBrownGala," Larry tweeted, alongside a photo of him and his daughter.