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Collection Jim Bolus Collection
Object Name Recording, Audio
Catalog Number 1985.155.0086
Title Jim Bolus interviews with Gordon Campbell, Smiley Adams, and Buddy Delp, and A.I. "Butch Savin, plus audio from the 1979 Florida Derby, including interviews with Jean Cruguet, Angel Cordero, and Jorge Velazquez.
Description Side A:

Bolus speaks with Gordon Campbell, trainer of Flying Paster. They discuss the horse's racing results, and Campbell's plans to bring him to the Kentucky Derby. They also discuss expectations for how the horse will compete against favorite Spectacular Bid.

Bolus next speaks with trainer William "Smiley" Adams. He confirms his intent to run Lot O' Gold in the Kentucky Derby, and confirms he will change jockeys. Adams believes his horse can beat the favorite, Spectacular Bid.

Bolus next speaks with Buddy Delp, trainer of Spectacular Bid, favorite to win the upcoming 1979 Kentucky Derby. They discuss the horse's planned racing schedule leading up to the Derby. Delp shares his thoughts on the competition and expresses confidence Spectacular Bid will win.

In the next segment, Buddy Delp is speaking to a group of reporters, including Bolus, ahead of the 1979 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. Delp shares his excitement about Spectacular Bid's abilities, and describes his working relationship with the horse's owners, Harry and Theresa Meyerhoff. He discusses other winning horses he has trained, shares his expectations for the upcoming race, and explains his choice of Ronnie Franklin to be Spectacular Bid's rider.

Side B:

Bolus and other reporters are speaking with Smiley Adams at the 1979 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. He discusses track conditions and race strategy. He believes Spectacular Bid is a good horse but not as good as Seattle Slew. Adams shares his expectations for race, and his thoughts on others involved in the race.

The next section seems to have been taped immediately after the running of the 1979 Florida Derby. Reporters, including Bolus, are questioning Smiley Adams about Lot O' Gold's loss to Spectacular Bid.

Bolus next speaks to a man identified only as Pancho, describes Spectacular Bid as a superhorse, better than Secretariat.

Bolus speaks to a jockey, probably Jean Cruguet, who shares his thoughts on Spectacular Bid and how he compares to other horses, including Secretariat and Seattle Slew.

Bolus next speaks to another jockey, probably Angel Cordero, who compares Kentucky Derby favorites Flying Paster and Spectacular Bid.

Bolus next speaks to jockey Jorge Velasquez. He shares his thoughts on Spectacular Bid, and recounts what he saw while riding in the race.

Bolus next speaks with jockey Ronnie Franklin, rider of Spectacular Bid, who has just won the 1979 Florida Derby. Franklin praises the horse's performance in the race, but declines to compare him to Flying Paster.

Bolus speaks to an unidentified man, probably a jockey, about Ronnie Franklin's claim that the other jockeys "teamed up" against him in the race.

Bolus speaks to another unidentified man, probably a jockey. He declines to make a comparison between Spectacular Bid and Seattle Slew. He doesn't believe the other race jockeys teamed up on Franklin, and says it is not uncommon to get into trouble when riding the best horse in a race -- competitiors will take shots at you in order to beat you. He praises Spectacular Bid's performance in the race.

After several minutes of silence, Bolus is next speaking on the phone with A.I. "Butch" Savin, owner of Aisco Stables in Ocala, Florida. They discuss notable horses that Savin has bred, owned, raced, and sold. In particular they discuss Royal and Regal, a contender in the 1973 Kentucky Derby. Savin shares his thoughts on the advantages of breeding in Florida instead of Kentucky. He feels he has been lucky, but has also worked hard for his success.
Number of Items Audiocassette
People Bolus, Jim
Campbell, Gordon
Adams, Smiley
Delp, Buddy
Cruguet, Jean
Cordero, Angel
Velazquez, Jorge
Savin, A.I. "Butch"
Subjects Flying Paster
Spectacular Bid
1979 Kentucky Derby
1979 Florida Derby
Gulfstream Park
Lot O' Gold
Run Dusty Run
Master Derby
Bob's Dusty
Raymond Earl
1979 Flamingo Stakes
Hialeah Park
1979 Bluegrass Stakes
Keeneland Racetrack
Ronnie Franklin
1977 Kentucky Oaks
Harry and Theresa Meyerhoff
Hawksworth Farm
Keeneland yearling sale
Dancing Champion
Natchez Handicap
Sweet Alliance
Shenandoa River
Tiger Castle
Shake a Leg
Seattle Slew
Royal and Regal
Native Admiral
1973 Bluegrass Stakes
1973 Kentucky Derby