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Collection Jim Bolus Collection
Object Name Audiocassette
Catalog Number 1985.155.0057
Title Jim Bolus interviews with Jimmy Croll, Emanuel Tortora, Fred Lehmann, Smiley Adams, Dr. Reuben Brawner, Dave Erb, Bonnie Heath, Joe Rutter, and Walt Blum
Description Side 1:

Bolus speaks first to Warren "Jimmy" Croll (February 8, 1979), trainer of Northern Prospect. Croll explains the horse's breathing problem and its impact on his performance in a recent race. He shares his impressions of Spectacular Bid, and his thoughts on Northern Prospect's future.

Bolus next speaks with trainer Emanuel Tortora (February 10, 1979). He shares his memories of working with 1956 Kentucky Derby winner Needles, when he was an exercise rider for D&H Stable. He shares the origins of Needles' name, discusses his racing style, and provides information about others who cared for the horse during his career.

Bolus next speaks with Fred Lehmann (February 13, 1979), owner of Lot O' Gold. They discuss the horse's recent racing loss to Bishop's Choice. Lehmann discusses Spectacular Bid, and plans to run against him. He shares the origins of Lot O' Gold's name, his thought's on the horse's future, and his best races so far.

Bolus next speaks with William "Smiley" Adams (February 13, 1979), trainer of Lot O' Gold. They discuss Lot O' Gold's training and race performance, and Adams' plans for upcoming races. He gives his impression of Spectacular Bid's abilities, and his outlook for the 1979 Triple Crown races.

Bolus speaks with Dr. Reuben Brawner (February 14, 1979), who cared for Needles throughout his career. He shares memories of the horse as a foal, when he was extremely sick with pneumonia. He credits the breeders wife, Mrs. Dickey Leach, for assisting him with the horse's care. He discusses the horse's current health, as well as his personality and habits.


Side 2:
Bolus' interview with Dr. Reuben Brawner continues briefly.

In the next segment, Bolus speaks briefly with a Mr. Heath about Needles. Heath discusses the horse's will to win.

Bolus next speaks with jockey Dave Erb (February 18, 1979), rider of Needles. He discusses Needles' strong personality, including his occasional refusal to work out, particularly in the morning. He speculates about how this may have impacted his Triple Crown races. He also shares memories from these races, and gives his opinion about Needles' record as a sire.

Bolus next speaks with Bonnie Heath (February 19, 1979), co-owner of Needles. He shares his thoughts about Needles' record as a sire, and explains the choice to stand the horse in Florida instead of Kentucky. He discusses the business arrangement between himself and co-owner Jack Dudley. He also shares anecdotes about Needles' personality, and about the horse's trainer, Hugh Fontaine.

Bolus' next interview is with Joe Rutter (February 22, 1979), who worked as a groom for Needles. He describes the horse's personality, including his occasional stubborn refusals to work out and his enjoyment of public attention.

Bolus next speaks with Walt Blum (March 13, 1979), a retired jockey and Florida state racing steward. Blum shares his thoughts about mistakes made by jockey Ronnie Franklin, riding Spectacular Bid, in the recent Florida Derby.


Number of Items Series of Audiocassettes
People Bolus, Jim
Croll, Warren "Jimmy"
Hirsch, Joe
Savin, A.I.
Tortora, Emanuel
Lehmann, Fred
Adams, Smiley
Brawner, Dr. Reuben
Erb, Dave
Heath, Bonnie
Dudley, Jack
Fontaine, Hugh
Rutter, Joe
Blum, Joe
Subjects Northern Prospect
Needles
1956 Kentucky Derby
1956 Belmont Stakes
D&H Stable
Spectacular Bid
Lot O' Gold
1979 Florida Derby
Bishop's Choice