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Collection Jim Bolus Collection
Object Name Recording, Audio
Catalog Number 1985.155.0091
Title Jim Bolus interviews with Don Combs, Elmer Vickers, Doug Donn, John Herchenroeder, George Koper, and Stanley Riesor; and audio from the 1979 Kentucky Derby post-race Press Conference.
Description Side A:

Bolus speaks by phone with trainer Don Combs, February 21, 1979. Combs discusses several horses he is currently racing in California, including Marks Pretender, Arctic Action, and Venetian Temple. He discusses their recent records, and his plans for the upcoming spring racing season.

Bolus next speaks with Elmer Vickers, former track president and general manager of Florida's Calder Race Course. February 23, 1979. They discuss the situation of the horse racing industry in Florida, including the impact of year-round racing, and competition from other forms of entertainment, as well as California horse racing.

Bolus next speaks with Doug Donn, president of Gulfstream Park. They discuss the status of Florida thoroughbred racing, and competition the industry faces from other parimutuel betting events, particularly dog racing. They discuss Florida's newly-elected governor, Bob Graham, comparing his attitude toward racing to that of his predecessor, Reubin Askew. Finally, they discuss the future of Hialeah Park, and the impact that this may have on Florida racing.

The remainder of Side A is blank.

Side B:

The first segment contains audio from the 1979 Kentucky Derby post-race press conference. Reporters question Harry and Teresa Meyerhoff, owners of winner Spectacular Bid, about their impressions of the race and plans for the upcoming Preakness Stakes. They also question jockey Ronnie Franklin about the horse's performance and his strategy during the race.

Bolus next speaks to John Herchenroeder, ombudsman for the Louisville Courier-Journal. He shares a story about Alvin "Shipwreck" Kelly sitting atop a flagpole in Louisville as a publicity stunt for the newspaper in 1928. As a reporter, Herchenroeder interviewed Kelly from a nearby rooftop, asking him his pick for the 1928 Kentucky Derby. He also discusses some famous Derby attendees from years past.

The next interview starts abruptly, with no break between recordings. It begins with Bolus commenting that Mike Berry, head was impressed with a recent race. Bolus is speaking by phone with trainer Stanley Rieser. (May 16, 1979, per notation on cassette.) They are discussing a promising filly Rieser is training, and his plans to run her in an upcoming race. (The filly is likely Fearless Dame, the race is likely the 1979 Regret Stakes.) Rieser also discusses his son, Steve Rieser, who works as his assistant trainer, and explains his reputation for training good fillies and mares.

Bolus next speaks with George Koper, a former track official at Churchill Downs. Koper shares memories of the 1957 Kentucky Derby, when jockey Bill Shoemaker stood up before crossing the finish, causing Gallant Man to come in second. They discuss controversy over who received credit for first spotting and reporting the jockey's error.
Number of Items Audiocassette
People Bolus, Jim
Combs, Don
Rittenberry, Rayleen
Vickers, Elmer
Donn, Doug
Herchenroeder, John
Rieser, Stanley
Koper, George
Wolfson, Lou
Graham, Gov. Bob
Askew, Gov. Reubin
Meyerhoff, Harry
Meyerhoff Teresa
Franklin, Ronnie
Kelly, Alvin "Shipwreck"
Capone, Al
Thompson, "Big Bill"
Walker, Jimmy
"One-Eyed Conley"
Hertz, Fannie
Rieser, Steve
Courtney, Robert
Hunter, Barbara
Berry, Mike
Lincoln Plaut
Don Fair
Bill Shoemaker
Subjects 1979 Santa Anita Derby
1979 California Derby
California horse racing
Marks Pretender
Arctic Action
Venetian Temple
Big Greg
1979 Kentucky Derby
Flying Paster
Lot O' Gold
Spectacular Bid
1928 Kentucky Derby
1957 Kentucky Derby
Calder Race Course
Florida horse racing
Gulfstream Park
Hialeah Park
parimutuel betting
dog racing
1979 Preakness Stakes
pole sitting
1928 Kentucky Derby
Louisville Courier-Journal
Reigh Count
Fearless Dame
1979 Regret Stakes
Petite Dame
Fearless Knight
Federal Hill
Pattee Canyon
Silver Dollar
Nancy Jr.
Federal Hill
Iron Hill
Just A Kiss
Dogtooth Violet
Uncle Fudge
Davona Dale
Seven Hearts
1957 Kentucky Derby
Gallant Man