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Collection Jim Bolus Collection
Object Name Recording, Audio
Catalog Number 1985.155.0069
Title Jim Bolus interviews at 1977 Preakness; also with Eddie Donnally, John Gaines and George Steinbrenner
Description 2-sided cassette tape contains recorded interviews with racing industry professionals.

One side contains interviews recorded at Pimlico following the 1977 Preakness Stakes. The first section seems to be a post-race press conference with Bill Turner, trainer of the winning horse, Seattle Slew. Background noise makes it extremely difficult to hear much of what Turner says.

Bolus also speaks with several other trainers, owners and jockeys (including winning jockey Jean Cruguet). They discuss their impressions of the race, their thoughts on Seattle Slew's performance, and their expectations for the upcoming Belmont Stakes. Interviewees are not always clearly identified.

The reverse side of the cassette contains four phone interviews -- two with George Steinbrenner, and two with other racing professionals. In the first interview, Steinbrenner discusses his Ocala, Florida, horse farm, his business philosophy and structure, and some successful training practices. He also discusses some individual horses he owns and describes his recent experience at the Kentucky Derby.

The second interviewee is not immediately identified. He describes to Bolus an incident at a Florida racetrack involving George Steinbrenner's horse Sweet Little Lady. At the end of the interview he identifies himself as Donnally. (Possibly jockey Eddie Donnally.)

The third interviewee is also not identified. He and Bolus discuss the horse Noble Decree, of which the speaker was part owner during 1972, along with George Steinbrenner and one other individual. (During the next interview, Bolus refers back to this conversation. He identifies the speaker as John Gaines.)

In the fourth interview, Bolus speaks to Steinbrenner again. Steinbrenner provides some specific information on individual horses and their winnings. He discusses his impressions of Kentucky horse breeders and confirms some details of his career history prior to entering his father's business. He also praises the trainers and other employees at his farm. Bolus brings up the incident involving Sweet Little Lady, and Steinbrenner defends her temperment. Bolus shares his plans for the article he is writing about Steinbrenner for Florida Horse magazine. He draws humorous contrast between the success of Steinbrenner's horses and the struggling performance of Steinbrenner's New York Yankees.

Number of Items Audiocassette
People Turner, Bill
Cruguet, Jean
Steinbrenner, George
Subjects 1977 Preakness Stakes
Seattle Slew
Sweet Little Lady
Steve's Friend
1977 Kentucky Derby
Florida Horse Magazine
New York Yankees