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t is the first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown, and each year on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs in Louisville, that leg and thousands of other legs are covered with seersucker. The Kentucky Derby is more than a horse race. It is a pageant. It is an elegant party, and for millions of well-dressed Americans (including many of those who live north of the Sweet Tea Line), the Kentucky Derby is the start of the seersucker season. Over 150,000 spectators gather at Churchill Downs each year for the Derby. Millions more watch the race on television at Kentucky Derby parties in homes across America. It is an eclectic crowd, ranging from horse owners sitting by the finish line on Millionaires Row to the 80,000 raucous

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