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An American in England

Eddie Mac's idea of heaven? Horse racing in England in the spring.

Updated: July 10, 2003, 1:04 PM ET
By Ed McNamara | Special to ESPN.com

It's a glorious Friday in June, the evening before spring turns into summer. The sky is clear and the temperature about 70 as a soft breeze wafts in from the sea. On a hill near England's south coast, you can see the Channel six miles off. From the grandstand, you look down upon an undulating grass course perched upon a ridge that gives way to the rolling hills of the Sussex Downs. The dipping sun paints the backdrop in green and gold as the field gallops toward the start for the 6:25 opener.

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