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CONNING THE CON MEN OF KENTUCKY
Joe McGinniss
May 05, 1969
Two college boys hitchhiked 1,000 miles to Louisville, drank freely (and free), sneaked into the Derby—and even got to see the race
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May 05, 1969

Conning The Con Men Of Kentucky

Two college boys hitchhiked 1,000 miles to Louisville, drank freely (and free), sneaked into the Derby—and even got to see the race

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I could see three ahead of the others and could tell when they finished because I could see the jockeys stand. But I had no idea which horses they were.

"Who won?" I shouted up to Larry.

"You did," he said.

"Bull. No, really, who won?"

"You did, I'm telling you. Chateaugay"

Then the first of the horses approached us, slowing gradually to a walk. His jockey was standing in the stirrups—wearing fawn-colored silks.

"Wait a minute, Larry, Larry, that's him, that's him! That's Chateaugay!"

"Yes. I told you. You won."

"Wait a minute, wait a minute. Let me hear them announce it."

I shouted up to a cameraman on the platform. "Who won?"

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