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Collection Jim Bolus Collection
Object Name Recording, Audio
Catalog Number 1985.155.0081
Title Jim Bolus Interviews with Lou Wolfson, Steve Cauthen, Laz Barrera, Dr. Alex Harthill, Johnny Longden, Harold "Fats" Weissman, Mike Ford, Tom Gentry, and Don Combs
Description Side A

Bolus speaks with Lou Wolfson, owner of Affirmed. They discuss Wolfson's expectations for his horse's upcoming racing season, including the Kentucky Derby. They discuss other notable horses Wolfson has raced, jockey Steve Cauthen, and the impact of rainy weather on Affirmed's training.

12:40 -- Bolus speaks to jockey Steve Cauthen, regular rider of Affirmed. They discuss the horse's recent training, his loss to Alydar in the Champagne Stakes, and strategy for upcoming races.

16:31 -- Bolus speaks to Laz Barrera, trainer of Affirmed. They discuss Bold Forbes, in comparison with Affirmed. Barrera describes the horse's personality and shares his plans for the upcoming racing season. They also discuss other horses Barrera trains, including Affiliate and J.O. Tobin, and possible reasons for Affirmed's loss to Alydar in the Champagne Stakes.

30:37 -- Bolus is speaking to Churchill Downs equine veterinarian Dr. Alex Harthill. They discuss Dancer's Image and the drug scandal surrounding the 1968 Kentucky Derby, in which Harthill was a central figure. Bolus brings up rumors that Iron Ruler, another contender, may have been drugged. Harthill believes the outcome was unjust. Harthill also shares memories of Kauai King's 1966 Kentucky Derby victory, and trainer Henry Forrest's reaction.

Side B

Bolus is speaking with jockey Johnny Longden. Longden refutes a rumor that Don Cameron, trainer of Count Fleet, was fired by the horse's owner after he won the 1943 Triple Crown. The two also discuss Starry Demon, a horse Longden is currently training. Bolus explains his research on Triple Crown trainers.

Bolus next speaks with jockey agent Harold "Fats" Weissman. They discuss the recent career of Weissman's client, jockey Bill Turner, who rode Seattle Slew in his Triple Crown races. Weissman shares his thoughts on other notable horses, including Foolish Pleasure and Ruffian, and figures in the racing industry including trainer LeRoy Jolley and jockey Jean Cruguet.

Bolus speaks briefly to Mike Ford, owner of Kauai King, winner of the 1966 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. He shares memories of the Kentucky Derby. The two also remember the workers who cared for Kauai King, including groom "Popeye" Stevenson, and exerciser "Cuban Joe."

Bolus next speaks with trainer Tom Gentry. They discuss the owners of 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew, who came under public criticism when they later fired trainer Bill Turner. They discuss whether or not Henry Forrest, trainer of Kauai King, was indeed fired by the horse's owner, Mike Ford.

Bolus next speaks with Don Combs, trainer of 1970 Kentucky Derby winner Dust Commander. They discuss Dust Commander's racing career, Comb's decision to resign due to disagreements with owner Robert Lehman, subsequent mismanagement of the horse, and his stud career.
Number of Items Audiocassette
People Longden, Johnny
Don Cameron
John Hertz
Jack Amiel
Frank McMahon
Weissman, Harold "Fats"
Ford, Mike
Gentry, Tom
Combs, Don
Wolfson, Lou
Cauthen, Steve
Barrera, Laz
Harthill, Dr. Alex
Forrest, Henry
Fuller, Peter
Jolley, LeRoy
Cruguet, Jean
Turner, Bill
Stevenson, Popeye
"Cuban Joe"
Lehman, Robert
Subjects Count Fleet
1943 Triple Crown
Starry Demon
Majestic Prince
Seattle Slew
Raise A Native
Exclusive Native
Roman Brother
Harbor View Farm
Clearmont Farm
Happy Valley Farm
J.O. Tobin
1977 Champagne Stakes
1968 Kentucky Derby
Dancer's Image
Iron Ruler
Kauai King
1966 Kentucky Derby
Proper Proof
Don B.
1977 Triple Crown
Seattle Slew
Foolish Pleasure
1975 Belmont Stakes
What A Summer
Mr. Redwing
Beach Boy
Dust Commander
1970 Kentucky Derby
1970 Preakness Stakes