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Collection Jim Bolus Collection
Object Name Audiocassette
Catalog Number 1985.155.0066
Title Jim Bolus interviews with Dominick Gaudio, Gary Lavin, Sherman Ringe, George Dickinson, Pat Hunter, Jack Van Berg, and A.I. Savin
Description Side 1:

In first segment, Bolus is speaking by phone with Dominick Gaudio (September 15, 1978), a former racetrack steward at West Virginia's Waterford Park. He relates a story about a female jockey, Patty Barton, who was hit with a whip by one of the male jockeys during a race.

Bolus next speaks by phone with Gary Lavin (September 28, 1978) They discuss the largest margin of loss in Kentucky Derby history, and share their thoughts on the best and worst horses to have competed in the race.

Bolus next interviews Sherman Ringe (November 17, 1978). Ringe describes Needles' temperament and reluctance to work out, and discusses changes in horse training practices since he first entered the racing industry. He also discusses his career as a racetrack clocker, and shares stories about past racing bets, including a bet against Native Dancer winning the 1953 Kentucky Derby, in which the horse would place 2nd to Dark Star. Ringe also shares stories about comedian Lou Costello, for whom he trained horses.

In the final segment on this side, Bolus speaks with a University of Kentucky football player, likely Larry Petkovsek, an offensive lineman. He shares team members' nicknames, and they discuss the team's performance during the current season, as well as the likelihood of their playing in a bowl game in the postseason.

Side 2:

In the first very brief segment, Bolus is speaking to George Dickinson. They are discussing a groom referred to as "Red."

The second segment begins abruptly. Bolus is speaking with Pat Hunter about Royal and Regal, who ran in the 1973 Kentucky Derby. They discuss the relative success of the horse's offspring, including a colt named (confusingly) Regal and Royal.

Bolus next speaks with trainer Jack Van Berg (March 25, 1979) about Switch Partners, a horse he co-owns with Don Bruce. They discuss the horse's history and plans for upcoming races, and Van Berg confirms Chris McCarron will be the horse's rider. Van Berg also discusses Exuberant, a potential 1979 Kentucky Derby contender, and his chances against Flying Paster and Spectacular Bid.

Bolus next speaks again with Pat Hunter (March 26, 1979). They are discussing Aisco Stables, the farm he manages in Ocala, Florida, and the stud horses currently standing there: Regal and Royal, Mr. Prospecter, and Never Listen. Hunter also discusses Royal and Regal, who is standing stud in Ireland, shares his memories of filly Forward Gal, and confirms information about Native Admiral. He shares how he celebrates when one of the horses foaled at his farm wins a race, and also discusses the advantages of breeding in Florida.

Bolus next speaks with A.I. Savin (March 26, 1979), owner of Aisco Stables. They first discuss some of Mr. Prospector's successful progeny, including It's In the Air, Northern Prospect, and Twice Worthy. Savin defends the high price he paid for Mr. Prospector as a yearling, discusses his racing performance, and explains the injury that led to his retirement to stud. He explains the meaning of his stable's name, and talks about the family members involved in the business with him. Finally, he discusses Northern Prospect's recent racing performance and explains why he is unlikely to run in the 1979 Kentucky Derby.

Number of Items 1 audiocassette
People Gaudio, Dominic
Barton, Patty
Lavin, Gary
Ringe, Sherman
Costello, Lou
Petkovsek, Larry
Dickinson, George
Hunter, Pat
Van Berg, Jack
Bruce, Don
McCarron, Chris
Savin, A.I.
Subjects Waterford Park
Native Dancer
Dark Star
1953 Kentucky Derby
University of Kentucky football
1973 Kentucky Derby
Royal and Regal
Regal and Royal
Switch Partners
Flying Paster
Spectacular Bid
Aisco Stables
Mr. Prospector
Never Listen
Forward Gal
Native Admiral
It's In the Air
Northern Prospect
Twice Worthy