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The history of the Kentucky Derby hat
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – This Saturday will be the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby, and when you think of the Kentucky Derby, the first thing that comes to mind should probably be horses, but, for a lot of people, it’s hats! So how did hats become synonymous with this race? The first Kentucky Derby was run in 1875 at the Churchill Downs racetrack near Louisville, Kentucky. The race inspired by the famed derby races in England and the Grand Prix de Paris in France. Europe’s horse races are posh and sophisticated events, but in the United States horse-racing was associated with gambling and drinking, not really a family environment.