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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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" Chateaugay."

I watched the horse for another minute as Baeza turned him and headed back for the roses and the trophy.

"I won!" I shouted.

"I won the Derby!

"My first time here and I won the Derby!"

I jumped backward off the tower and landed in the middle of the picnic. "Hey, watch it, buddy."

"I won! I won the Derby! I won the Derby!"

I ran toward the cashiers, shouting it all the way.

Chateaugay paid $20.80.

We went up to the box seats. After the Derby anyone can get in. I bet $5 on the eighth race and won. We were buying beers as fast as we could drink them and crawling on our hands and knees picking up souvenir glasses. Finally Larry fell asleep in a seat. I also won the ninth race and left the track with $80.

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