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Collection Jim Bolus Collection
Object Name Recording, Audio
Catalog Number 1985.155.0089
Title Jim Bolus interviews with Tom Meyerhoff, Smiley Adams, Darrell McHargue, Tony Matos, Angel Cordero, Ronnie Franklin, Don Pierce, and Bud Delp.
Description Side A:

Side begins with Bolus speaking by phone to Tom Meyerhoff, who co-owns Spectacular Bid, along with his parents Harry and Teresa Meyerhoff. Meyerhoff explains their decision to retain Ronnie Franklin as Spectacular Bid's jockey in spite of his relative inexperience. He also explains their earlier decision to remove Jorge Velazquez as the horse's rider. He discusses Spectacular Bid's prospects in the upcoming 1979 Bluegrass Stakes, and affirms his confidence in trainer Bud Delp's methods.

Bolus next speaks with Smiley Adams, trainer of Lot O' Gold. Adams expresses his belief that Lot O' Gold will beat Spectacular Bid in the upcoming Bluegrass Stakes, as well as in the Kentucky Derby. He disputes the hype around Spectacular Bid and trainer Bud Delp's claims that the horse will win by 10 lengths.

Bolus speaks with Smiley Adams again after the Bluegrass Stakes. Adams expresses disappointment in Lot O' Gold's second place finish to Spectacular Bid, but confirms his intent to run the horse in the Kentucky Derby.

In the next segment, Bolus is among a group of reporters speaking to jockey Darrel McHargue, rider of Lot O' Gold, after the Bluegrass Stakes. McHargue is difficult to hear during parts of this segment due to background noise. He discusses the results of the Bluegrass Stakes, shares his expectations for the upcoming Kentucky Derby, and evaluates the abilities of the competing horses and riders.

Bolus next joins a group of reporters speaking to Ronnie Franklin, rider of Spectacular Bid. Franklin expresses his belief that his horse is stronger than Lot O' Gold. He shares his expectations for the upcoming Kentucky Derby, and his impression of Flying Paster. He also discusses the results of the Bluegrass Stakes and defends his ability against those who say he is too inexperienced to take Spectacular Bid to the Kentucky Derby.

Side B:

Bolus speaks by phone to jockey agent Tony Matos, who represents Angel Cordero. They discuss Cordero's reaction to some insulting comments made about him by Bud Delp, trainer of Spectacular Bid, following the 1979 Florida Derby. Matos denies that Cordero and Jorge Velasquez intimidated jockey Ronnie Franklin. The two discuss other potential Derby contenders, and their chances at beating Spectacular Bid, the favorite. Matos analyzes Instrument Landing and Screen King, in particular. They also share their opinions about Ronnie Franklin's abilities as a rider.

Bolus next follows up with jockey Angel Cordero. Cordero discusses the recent Wood Memorial and his chances to win the Kentucky Derby aboard Screen King. He shares his opinion of Spectacular Bid's abilities, and discusess his feelings about Bud Delp's comments after the Florida Derby.

In the next segment Bolus and a groupr of reporters speak with jockey Don Pierce, rider of Flying Paster, contender in the 1979 Kentucky Derby. He discusses jockey Ronnie Franklin, rider of rival Spectacular Bid, and shares memories of his previous experiences riding in the Kentucky Derby.

Bolus finally joins a group of reporters speaking to Bud Delp, trainer of Spectacular Bid. Delp shares his plans for Spectacular Bid's training leading up to the Kentucky Derby. He discusses his expectations for the race, and how Spectacular Bid may react to the large crowd. He gives his impressions of Flying Paster, and discusses how Spectacular Bid is doing mentally. He also talks about jockey Ronnie Franklin's abilities, and his preparations for the Kentucky Derby.
Number of Items Audiocassette
People Bolus, Jim
Meyerhoff, Tom
Adams, Smiley
Matos, Tony
Cordero, Angel
Pierce, Don
Delp, Bud
Meyerhoff, Harry
Meyerhoff, Teresa
Franklin, Ronnie
Velazquez, Jorge
McHargue, Darrel
Velasquez, Jorge
Barrera, Luis
Fell, Jeff
Subjects 1979 Bluegrass Stakes
1979 Kentucky Derby
1979 Florida Derby
Spectacular Bid
Bishop's Choice
Lot O' Gold
Flying Paster
1979 Wood Memorial
Instrument Landing
Screen King
Honest Pleasure
Bold Forbes
General Assembly