|Collection||Jim Bolus Collection|
Bolus first speaks by phone with trainer Richard Coit. They discuss a horse he trains (name unclear) who is a potential contender for the 1978 Kentucky Derby. Coit feels the horse needs "more seasoning." They discuss the horse's owner, wife of Churchill Downs track veterinarian Alex "Doc" Harthill, and Doc's involvement in the horse's training.
Bolus next speaks with trainer Jack Price. They discuss Carry Back and what his success meant for the Florida breeding industry. The two also discuss progress made by the Florida breeding industry, which Price believes is the result of Florida's mild climate. An unnamed equine disease is also discussed, which appears to be spreading throughout the U.S. thoroughbred population. Finally, Bolus asks Price about the practice of "hopping" (drugging) horses to make them run faster. Price confirms this was very common among trainers during the 1920s and 30s. He discusses the substances commonly used (including heroin and cocaine), the ease of getting these drugs, and how they were administered.
Bolus next speaks briefly with jockey Jorge Velasquez, rider of Alydar. Velasquez confirms reports that crowds in New York booed him, but states this is no longer happening. He discusses his relationship with Steve Cauthen, rider of Alydar's rival horse Affirmed. He also discusses Alydar's losses to Affirmed in the 1978 Triple Crown races.
Bolus next speaks briefly with a man named Jim Scully, possibly a trainer. They discuss a recent loss by Silver Series. The recording stops and starts multiple times during their conversation. Jim then puts another man on the phone to speak to Bolus, a Dr. Donaldson. (Likely Dr. Archie Donaldson, owner of Silver Series.) They also discuss a recent racing loss, presumably by Silver Series.
In the first segment, Bolus is speaking by phone with an unnamed woman. She is almost inaudible. The segment ends abruptly.
Bolus next speaks with a Dr. Cyther about Assault. They discuss his breeding problems, and failure to produce any thoroughbred offspring.
The next segment begins the 1978 Kentucky Derby press conference. Bolus and other reporters are first speaking with trainer Woody Stephens about Believe It, and his Kentucky Oaks contender White Star Line. The group, which includes Joe Hirsch, Johnny and Charlie Beavers, and Doug Sessions, then begins speaking to actor Don Ameche. Ameche and Stephens share memories of past Derby parties. Stephens then discusses Believe It's recent training, and his outlook for the upcoming race.
In the next segment, trainer Laz Barrera is speaking to a group of reporters about Affirmed's recent racing performance, his expectations for the upcoming race, and his training plans. Affirmed's owner, Lou Wolfson, then addresses the press corps, expressing confidence in his horse's conditioning and abilities. Jockey Steve Cauthen then speaks about Affirmed's temperament, his strategy in some recent races, and his outlook for the upcoming Derby.
Bolus next speaks individually with an unnamed gentleman, formerly the publicity director for Califormia's Del Mar Racetrack, now working at Churchill Downs. He explains his reasons for initially favoring Alydar over Affirmed to win the Kentucky Derby, and why he has now changed his mind about this.
In the next segment, Bolus is speaking by phone with a Dr. May, who is difficult to hear. They are discussing quarterhorse training and racing, and the economic viability of opening a quarterhorse racing venue.
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Harthill, Alex "Doc"
Donaldson, Dr. Archie
1978 Kentucky Derby
Florida horse industry
1961 Belmont Stakes
1968 Kentucky Derby
1978 Triple Crown
White Star Line