Kentucky Derby 2013: Ranking the Best Traditions in the Run for the Roses

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Kentucky Derby 2013: Ranking the Best Traditions in the Run for the Roses
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Last year's winner, I'll Have Another, under the iconic twin spires.

With 138 editions of the Kentucky Derby already in the record book, the Run for the Roses ranks as the oldest continuously run sporting event in America since it first began in 1875.

With over a century worth of history, the Derby remains a timeless hallmark of spring and is regarded as a great American tradition. Over the course of the Derby’s illustrious history, many customs have become synonymous with the first Saturday in May. 

Though horse racing is known as "the Sport of Kings," you do not have to be royalty to celebrate the Kentucky Derby. The Derby offers something for everyone, whether you want to put on your finest hat in Millionaires Row or sip a mint julep in the infield.

Here is a look at some of the best traditions the greatest two minutes in sports has to offer.

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