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The hat and the cigar

A man and woman walk around Churchill Downs, perfect examples of two mainstays at the Derby: a cigar and a wide-brimmed hat. (Photo: Getty Images)

You Don’t Need Celebrities to See Wild Style at Kentucky Derby

Gordon Hurd

Every year, Louisville, Ky., hosts its main event for horse racing, bourbon drinking, and freakishly garish style — and this year, the 143rd annual event, is no different. Typically, a survey of Churchill Downs will remind one of the good old days, with ladies sporting the widest-brimmed hats they can find, but the gentlemen are not left out of the spotlight, with overly groomed facial hair, giant cigars, and themed hats galore. Unlike at events on the coasts, you don’t need celebrities in attendance to see wild style at the Kentucky Derby.


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