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(Eric Althoff)

Day at the races: A Yankee journalist wages his bona fides at the South’s most colorful event

- The Washington Times

My press pass allows me access to almost anywhere, which must somehow be a mistake. I’m not a VIP, or even that knowledgable about horses, but nonetheless here I am, with my badge decreeing access to Millionaires’ Row, the winners circle, most of the floors where the high rollers wine and dine. No one stops me, waving me through as I tap the badge at every port. In my costume perhaps I look the part — a Yankee trying to fit in at the border state’s most infamous and attended festivus.

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FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2012, file photo, jockey Garrett Gomez reacts aboard Beholder after crossing the finish line to win the Juvenile Fillies horse race at the Breeders' Cup in Arcadia, Calif. Gomez, who won nearly 4,000 races in a 25-year career and was among the greatest jockeys of the first decade of the 21st century, has died in southern Arizona. He was 44. Authorities with the Pascua Yaqui Tribe said Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, that Gomez was found unconscious on the floor of a hotel room Wednesday and pronounced dead at the scene. They say foul play isn't suspected(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

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