Anna Nicole Smith's daughter, Dannielynn Birkhead, honors late mom at Kentucky Derby

Anna Nicole Smith's Daughter, 10 Years After Smith's Tragic Death

The daughter of former Playboy model, actress and reality TV star Anna Nicole Smith paid tribute to her late mother Saturday on the Kentucky Derby red carpet.

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Dannielynn Birkhead, 12, wore a pink dress and familiar-looking pink hat as she posed alongside her father, 46-year-old Larry Birkhead, at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

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"Kentucky Derby time once again," the elder Birkhead tweeted Saturday. "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."

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>> See a photo of Smith wearing the same hat 15 years ago

Actress and model Anna Nicole Smith leans over the rail and flashes a peace sign just moments before the 130th Running of the Kentucky Derby on May 1, 2004, in Louisville, Kentucky.
Actress and model Anna Nicole Smith leans over the rail and flashes a peace sign just moments before the 130th Running of the Kentucky Derby on May 1, 2004, in Louisville, Kentucky.

Credit: Mike Simons

Credit: Mike Simons

On Friday night, the Birkheads also attended the annual Barnstable-Brown Derby Eve Gala – the party where Larry Birkhead first met Smith 16 years ago, E! News reported.

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The Birkheads have attended the Derby together every year since 2010, Fox News reported.

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Smith died of a drug overdose in February 2007, just months after Dannielynn was born. The death kicked off a well-publicized paternity dispute between Larry Birkhead and other men, including Smith's boyfriend, Howard K. Stern. DNA test results confirmed that Larry Birkhead was Dannielynn's father.

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