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The Kentucky Derby

Listed under Spectator Sports in Louisville, United States.

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There are three places to experience the Kentucky Derby: Millionaire’s Row, the Infield and Turn One. While Millionaire’s Row will see you watch the spectacle decorously with trainers, owners and the odd celebrity and Turn One presents a family-picnic setting, Infield is where you’re likely to witness something not seen with other horse race meetings.

For some reason the under-30 set occupy the Third Turn, with a feeling somewhere between Bourbon Street in Mardi Gras and one of the apocalyptic communities in Mad Max running amok. With coolers full of alcohol, a party vibe soon hits with the air coloured with “Woo Hoo!!!” and shouts for girls to pull their tops up or down, which are usually replied to. Don’t be surprised if you don’t actually see the race from Infield – indeed many patrons of the Infield don’t actually realise that it’s running, with toilet queues usually longer than betting ones you get an idea of the main priorities.

Louisville itself doesn’t really sleep on the first weekend in May, with bands playing and bars not shutting until six in the morning and the Derby party is a rite of passage for many locals - a quite unforgettable experience. If you want to see the race however, Millionaires Row or Turn One will be your best bets. For an atmosphere you won’t find at another race meet, Infield is your place.

Written by  John Johnston.

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