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Updated: April 7, 2006, 3:53 PM ET
By Ed McNamara | Special to ESPN.com

In olden times, April was when pilgrims began their journeys to the religious shrines of Europe. If you had to read "The Canterbury Tales," you may recall that Geoffrey Chaucer's ragged band started its trek to the grave of St. Thomas a Becket in early spring. The tradition of spring pilgrimages lives in the New World, with the quest for horse racing's Holy Grail, the Kentucky Derby.

On the road to Louisville, the thoroughbreds and their connections are as varied as Chaucer's motley crew ...

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