Kentucky Derby

On Friday, one of the great sporting events/lawn parties of our time is kicking off. We speak, of course, of the seersucker meetup known as the Kentucky Derby.

And to give you some idea why we’re so excited, we’ve put together a visual guide to the julep-soaked revelry descending on Louisville this week. Apparently horses are somehow involved…

Kentucky Derby
Kentucky Derby
Kentucky Derby
Kentucky Derby
Kentucky Derby
Kentucky Derby

This man had an impressive head chiseled from one piece of bone, and the top part was covered down to his eyes by a floppy-brimmed sun hat. His top half was draped in a loose-fitting hunting jacket of multi-colored patchwork. He wore seersucker blue pants, and the whole torso was pivoted on a pair of huge white plimsolls with a fine red trim around the bulkheads. Damn near 6-foot-6 of solid bone and meat holding a beaten-up leather bag across his knee and a loaded cigarette holder between the arthritic fingers of his other hand.

-Ralph Steadman, on meeting Hunter S. Thompson at the 1970 Kentucky Derby

—R.B.

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