Birkhead and daughter on Kentucky Derby week visit

The Associated Press, Thursday, April 29, 2010, 6:46am (PDT)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Larry Birkhead's whirlwind romance with Anna Nicole Smith took off at the Kentucky Derby in 2004. Now he's making a return visit.

Birkhead brought his and Smith's 3 1/2-year-old daughter, Dannielynn, to the Kentucky Derby Museum for a Derby week homecoming trip. Their first stop was a fashion exhibit at the museum featuring a pink, sequined V-neck dress worn by Smith to the 2004 Derby.

Birkhead, a Louisville native, held his squirming daughter as she reached out to touch her mother's dress, one of two loaned to the museum by Birkhead He later called it a bittersweet moment.

Smith, a model and actress, died in Florida of an accidental medication overdose in 2007. Birkhead eventually proved his claim he was Dannielynn's father through a DNA paternity test.

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