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Collection Jim Bolus Collection
Object Name Recording, Audio
Catalog Number 1985.155.0071
Title Jim Bolus interviews investigating Churchill Downs' rejection of Wine Treasure's nomination to run in the 1977 Kentucky Derby; also interviews with Oscar Dishman, Leslie Combs II, Evelyn Olin
Description Side A
First segment consists of interviews recorded as Bolus investigates Churchill Downs' rejection of the nomination of Wine Treasure to run in the 1977 Kentucky Derby. He speaks to trainer Eddie Yowell, and also questions Churchill Downs executives Bob Gorham and Bill Rudy.

In the next segment, Bolus speaks to Thomas Meyer, an attorney for the Sprint Racing Assocation, about this group's efforts to lease Louisville's Commonwealth Park for quarter horse racing. Meyer is almost impossible to hear for most of the conversation.

In the third segment, Bolus speaks to a Mr. Ray, secretary of the Governor's cabinet, seeking the administration's position on the new quarter horse racing venture at Commonwealth Park in Louisville. There is concern that the proposed meet dates will overlap with other racing in the city, which may violate state law.

In the fourth segment, Bolus is speaking to Oscar (probably Oscar Dishman) about a horse he is training, and prospects for an upcoming race.

The remaining segments on Side A contain brief conversations related to potential rule violations in college sports. Jim Bolus does not seem to be a participant in any of these conversations. In one segment, a speaker identifies himself as Tom Patterson from Louisville. No other names are given.

Side B

Bolus speaks at length with Keene Daingerfield about the complicated situation surrounding the rejection of Wine Treasure's nomination to run in the Kentucky Derby. There are concerns about hidden ownership of the horse. There is some deterioration in the audio quality -- voices become very hight pitched and difficult to understand at times.

In the second segment, Bolus interviews breeder Leslie Combs II about the origin of the name of a horse he bred, but sold cheaply. Combs disputes allegations that he duped the buyer into a bad purchase. (The actual name of the horse is not recorded here, but a later interview on this tape with the buyer identifies the horse as Cuz Was Wrong.)

In the third segment, Bolus interviews a woman about the horse she owns with her husand. (The interviewee's name is not very clear, and the horse's name is not given. Likely speaking to Evelyn Olin, owner of 1974 Derby winner Cannonade.) They discuss his condition following a surgery, his training in California, and the racing careers of older horses.

In the fourth segment, a Mr. Sturgess shares the story of naming his horse, Cuz Was Wrong, as a friendly joke on the breeder, Leslie Combs II (known as "Cousin Leslie").

In the fifth segment, Bolin speaks to Leslie Combs again about the Cuz Was Wrong story.

The remaining audio on this side is an unknown press conference regarding a conference expansion in college sports.


Number of Items Audiocassette
People Yowell, Eddie
Gorham, Bob
Rudy, Bill
Stone, Lynn
Meyer, Thomas
King, Bill
Dishman, Oscar
Daingerfield, Keene
Combs, Leslie
Olin, Evelyn
Stephens, Woody
Subjects Wine Treasure
Kentucky Derby nominations
Churchill Downs
Racing Commission
1977 Kentucky Derby
Sprint Racing Association
quarter horse racing
Commonwealth Park
Cannonade
racing older horses
Cuz Was Wrong