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C'est magnifique

Every August, a certain resort town becomes a mecca to horse racing fans. You were thinking Saratoga? Del Mar? How about the French alternative: Deauville?

Updated: August 22, 2001, 3:11 PM ET
By Ed McNamara | Special to ESPN.com

DEAUVILLE, France -- Soon after the summer dawn breaks over the English Channel, hoofbeats echo along the coast of Normandy. A line of thoroughbreds moves along the shore and into the chilly sea, a pleasant break from their morning routine. That's what Deauville (say DOE-veal) is all about for people, too.

Every year at the beginning of August, a quiet resort town of 4,500 turns into horse heaven for four glorious weeks, when the population can rise to 75,000. Almost everyone who matters ...

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