Anna Nicole Smith’s daughter, Dannielynn Hope, honored her late mother at the Kentucky Derby The 12-year-old made an appearance at the Barnstable Brown Kentucky Derby Gala on Friday in Louisville, Kentucky. She posed next to father, Larry Birkhead.
Dannielynn wore a pink dress with a pink rose accompanying a big pink hat. Birkhead wore a pale pink suit to match his daughter. This marked the 10th year in a row that father and daughter have celebrated the Kentucky Derby together, as it meant a lot to the late mother.
“Larry met Anna Nicole at the party years ago. They come every year and it’s become an annual tradition,” Chris Barnstable-Brown told PEOPLE.
“Larry met Anna at the party. Larry was a photographer and guest and had been covering the party and met her there. He is from Louisville and they started dating. After Anna passed away, every year they come back to the party… Larry has brought Dannielynn for years. She’s a beautiful young girl now and becoming a young woman.”