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So you’ve found the perfect hat for the Kentucky Derby. Now there’s only one challenge: How do you get your Derby day hat to Louisville?

Without a car or a private jet, transporting those voluminous toppers takes careful planning. The good news is the advice is simple.

This weekend marked just the second time I’ve been to Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. – but in that pair of visits, I’ve completely fallen in love with the racetrack. Some clichés are in place for a reason, and the one about Southern hospitality applies in full at Oaklawn Park. The track is the friendliest sporting venue I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting, and the Arkansas Derby brings out the best at this outstanding oval.

In recent years, Louisville has gone from having the reputation as a “hidden gem” on the dining and entertainment scene to being duly recognized as one of the best cities in the U.S. for unique restaurants and bars.

Oaklawn Park on April 15 is the last stop on the road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands. As some of the top racehorses in the nation arrived in Hot Springs, Ark., so did tens of thousands of fans for the biggest day in Oaklawn’s meet.

Splendid weather welcomed a crowd of 32,610 to Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky., on Saturday for the track’s biggest racecard of its short-but-sweet spring meet. Fans packed the grandstand, paddock, track apron, and tailgating areas to enjoy social gatherings, dress fashionably, and most importantly, see some world-class Thoroughbred racing.

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