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Collection Jim Bolus Collection
Object Name Recording, Audio
Catalog Number 1985.155.0092
Title Jim Bolus interviews with Edwin Whittaker, Mrs. Clay Sutphin, and Frank Coitiletti, and audio referencing the death of Rajohn Greco.
Description Side A:

Bolus first speaks with Edwin Whittaker, owner of Angle Light, who won the 1973 Wood Memorial Stakes, beating Secretariat. They discuss one of his horses, named for jockey Ronnie Turcotte, who rode for Whittaker in addition to being Secretariat's rider. Whittaker recalls a disagreement he had with Penny Chenery Tweedy during the 1973 spring racing season. He also shares a story about Lucien Laurin, who trained both Angle Light and Secretariat.

The next section contains audio Bolus recorded at the track immediately after a racehorse, Rajohn Greco, has had to be euthanized due to a severe injury. Bolus speaks with multiple veterinarians present, who confirm the severity of the injury and explain their decision. They deplore the actions of a young vet who disputed their decision and delayed euthanasia, causing the horse to suffer.

Bolus next speaks with Jasper Adams, trainer of Rajohn Greco, and younger brother of trainer Smiley Adams. He shares his disappointment and shock at the horse's death. He discusses the injury itself and confirms he knew immediately that the horse would need to be put down. He also discusses the horse's owners, but is unsure of their plans for the horse's body.

Bolus next speaks with an unnamed gentleman. He confirms the details of Rajohn Greco's injuries prior to being euthanized. He also confirms that the horse's injured leg has been removed from the body to be examined for insurance purposes.

Side B:

In the first segment, Bolus speaks with Mrs. Clay Sutphin. He receives the news that the horse trainer has passed away, and the briefly discuss his career.

Bolus next speaks with retired jockey Frank Coitliletti. They first discuss an unnamed horse who Coitiletti believes was overrated. They move on to discuss prospects for an upcoming race, that Affirmed has dropped out of. Finally they discuss the career of a very successful racehorse named Sunbow, that Coitiletti formerly rode, for owner Willis Kilmer. Coitiletti discusses the now illegal practice of "hopping" horses using heroin and other drugs. He describes the difficult relationship he had with Kilmer.

Bolus next speaks briefly with a gentleman identified only as Richard. They discuss an upcoming race, in which he hopes his horse will beat Spectacular Bid.

The remainder of Side B is blank.
Number of Items Audiocassette
People Bolus, Jim
Whittaker, Edwin
Greco, Rajohn
Sutphin, Mrs. Clay
Sutphin, Clay
Coitiletti, Frank
Turcotte, Ron
Huntley, Gordon
Whiting, Lyle
Laurin, Lucien
Tweedy, Penny Chenery
Snider, Dr. Thomas N.
Adams, Jasper
Adams, Smiley
McDonald, Dr. Mike
Kilmer, Willis
Riddle, Sam
Subjects Angle Light
Ronny Turcotte (horse)
1973 Wood Memorial Stakes
1973 Kentucky Derby
Runnymede Farm
Crimson Streak
Rajohn Greco