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Collection Jim Bolus Collection
Object Name Recording, Audio
Catalog Number 1985.155.0088
Title Jim Bolus audio from the 1979 Hollywood Derby and interviews with Ben Ridder, Don Pierce, Jack Van Berg, Jean Cruguet, John Sullivan, and Bryan Howlett
Description Side A:

Bolus first speaks with Bernard "Ben" Ridder, owner of Flying Paster, a contender in the 1979 Hollywood Derby. They seem to be in the stands at Hollywood Park. Race announcements and crowd noise occasionally drown out their conversation. Ridder discusses his role as Director of the Knight-Ridder Corporation, and his colleague Mr. Knight's shared interest in horse racing. He shares information about his own horses, including Cascopedia and Flying Paster. The two discuss the current hype around Spectacular Bid created by his trainer Bud Delp. Ridder shares a story about being stabbed by a mugger three years prior, and discusses his recent cancer diagnosis.

Bolus next speaks with Don Pierce, Flying Paster's jockey. He praises Flying Paster's abilities, and speaks to the good relationships he has with owner Ben Ridder and trainer Gordon Campbell. Pierce discusses the hype around Spectacular Bid, created by trainer Bud Delp, and how this may be impacting the horse's jockey. He remembers past experiences riding in the Kentucky Derby, in 1966 and 1968. He also discusses his frustration at being replaced by Bill Shoemaker as jockey for 1964 Kentucky Derby contender Hill Rise, and discusses the outcome of that race. Finally, he shares his expectations for the upcoming Kentucky Derby.

Side B:

Bolus speaks with several individuals immediately following the running of the 1979 Hollywood Derby. First he speaks to trainer Jack Van Berg, congratulating him on a good race. Van Berg remains undecided about entering his horse in the Kentucky Derby.

Next he speaks to an unidentified gentleman who shares his impression of race winner Flying Paster. He remains undecided about whether he will be coming to the Kentucky Derby.

Bolus next speaks with a jockey, likely Don Pierce, rider of Flying Paster. Pierce feels this was the horse's best race yet and looks forward to the Kentucky Derby.

Bolus next speaks with another jockey, rider of Lot O' Gold. He believes the Kentucky Derby will come down to a two-horse race, between Spectacular Bid and Flying Paster, though he declines to predict the winner.

After a brief silence, there is a very unclear segment in which the interviewee is not identified.

In the next segment, Bolus speaks over the phone to jockey Jean Cruguet about a horse he is currently riding. Cruguet praises the horse's ability, but also admits the horse is inexperienced. He shares his expectations for the upcoming 1979 Wood Memorial, and also gives his opinion of Spectacular Bid, the hype created by the horse's trainer Bud Delp, and of his jockey Ronnie Franklin.

Bolus next speaks to an unidentified woman. She discusses her horse's stud results and plans for upcoming years if he continues to do well.

(The next two segments are unintelligible at times due to distortion of the tape.)

Bolus next interviewee is likely trainer Jack Van Berg. He discusses the rivalry between Spectacular Bid and Flying Paster, and his decision regarding jockey Chris McCarron. He is still undecided about taking his horse to the Kentucky Derby. Van Berg shares his opinion of Spectacular Bid's jockey, Ronnie Franklin.

Bolus next speaks with trainer John Sullivan, trainer of Shamgo. They discuss Walter Mullady, who owns the stable where he trains, and jockey Laffit Pincay.

In the next segment, Bolus speaks by phone to Bryan Howlett, manager of Tartan Farms in Ocala, Florida. They discuss confusion around the new Jockey Club requirement that all thoroughbred mares be blood-typed. Howlett supports the policy, but feels the implementation should have been handled differently.

Side B ends with a brief exchange between Bolus and a man identified only as Tommy. He confirms Screen King will run in the 1979 Bluegrass Stakes in preparation for the Kentucky Derby.
Number of Items Audiocassette
People Bolus, Jim
Ridder, Ben
Piera, Don
Cruguet, Jean
Howlett, Bryan
Delp, Bud
Campbell, Gordon
Shoemaker, Bill
Hartack, Bill
Van Berg, Jack
Turner, Bill
Franklin, Ronnie
Sullivan, John
McCarron, Chris
Mullady, Walter
Pincay, Lafft
Rainey, Stuart
Roberts, Al
Subjects 1979 Hollywood Derby
Spectacular Bid
Flying Paster
Knight-Ridder Corporation
L.A. Times
1979 Santa Anita Derby
1979 Kentucky Derby
1966 Kentucky Derby
1968 Kentucky Derby
Don B.
1964 Kentucky Derby
Hill Rise
Northern Dancer
Lot O' Gold
1979 Wood Memorial Stakes
General Assembly
The Jockey Club
blood typing
Tartan Farms
Screen King
1979 Bluegrass Stakes