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Collection Jim Bolus Collection
Object Name Recording, Audio
Catalog Number 1985.155.0078
Title Jim Bolus interviews with Brownie Leach
Description Side A

Bolus is speaking on the phone to George "Brownie" Leach, who served as publicity director for Churchill Downs from 1945-1965, and established the Kentucky Derby Museum. Leach discusses Church Downs history, and the personalities of Colonel Meriwether Lewis Clark and Colonel Matt Winn. Bolus asks Leach about the truth of several stories he has heard about Clark, including a shooting incident during his tenure as track manager.

Second segment - Bolus speaking to Brownie Leach again. They discuss the sale of Churchill Downs in 1894, and the track's finances during that period. Leach notes that hotels and bars have always made more money than the track during Derby. Clark had to use personal funds to pay the track's expenses. Made money elsewhere but not at Churchill Downs. Did not receive pay for his work or investment. Discusses owners who did not pay racing fees, confirming this was difficult to enforce.

Side B:

Bolus is speaking on the phone to George "Brownie" Leach on the phone. Leach credits Colonel Matt Winn for developing the Kentucky Derby into an international event, and also praises Colonel Clark, founder of Churchill Downs. Leach becomes extremely difficult to hear. He shares memories from his long career in the horse racing industry, and gives his thoughts on some recent top horses including Seattle Slew and Alydar. Other topics discussed include memorable races he has seen, dthe fees associated with racing and how these are paid, and some contested races, and notable characters in the industry. Audio becomes unintelligible after approximately 41:00.
Number of Items Audiocassette
People Bolus, Jim
Leach, Brownie
Winn, Colonel Matt
Clark, Colonel Meriwether Lewis Jr.
Subjects Churchill Downs
Kentucky Derby history
Seattle Slew
racing fees
contested races