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Collection Jim Bolus Collection
Object Name Recording, Audio
Catalog Number 1985.155.0079
Title Jim Bolus interviews with Ken Opstein, William Floyd, and Chuck Tilley
Description Side A

Bolus is speaking to Ken Opstein on the phone. Opstein discusses one of his racehorses, Exuberant, who has recently had surgery, but is recovering well. He discusses how some of his other horses are doing. Bolus brings up a memory from the 1974 Derby, when Opstein raced Destroyer.

6:15 -- Bolus speaking to Opstein again. Opstein discusses Exuberant, who has been sick with breathing problem. Tells the story of purchasing the colt at the Keeneland Summer Sale based on his looks. Shares what he looks for in a colt, and discusses some other horses he owns, as well as some exciting races he has seen. They discuss his farm in Florida, and the potential racing advantages of breeding and training in a warmer climate. Opstein discusses his former career as a sports writer and shares stories about how he became interested in horse racing and his early days in the sport.

Side B

1:00 -- Audio begins. Continuation of Bolus's conversation with Ken Opstein. They discuss the recent performances of some of his horses, and Exuberant's prospects for the Kentucky Derby. Opstein expects his horse will qualify, in spite of recent surgery.

7:25 -- Bolus is speaking to William Floyd. Floyd confirms that he, along with his son Morris Floyd, bred Exuberant and sold the colt. Bolus has questions about whether Exuberant was bred in Florida, as his registration indicates, or actually in Kentucky. Floyd exhibits some confusion about where the foal was actually dropped, and advises Bolus on others who may be able to confirm this for him.

Bolus next speaks to Chuck Tilley. Tilley's portion of the audio is unintelligble. The two seem to be sharing stories about Hugh Fontaine. Bolus also discusses a story he is currently writing.

Bolus next speaks to Ken Opstein again. They discuss Exuberant's training, as well as some other horses Opstein is racing or has in stud. Bolus confirms some information previously discussed, preparing to write a story for Florida Horse.
Number of Items Audiocassette
People Bolus, Jim
Opstein, Ken
Floyd, William
Tilley, Chuck
Cauthen, Steve
Bamberg, Jack
Subjects 1974 Kentucky Derby
Northern Prospect
What A Pleasure
Royal Knight
Summertime Promise
Spectacular Bid
The Good Chance Farm, Ocala, Florida
Princely Pleasure
How Curious
Foreign Power
Santa Anita
Royal Ovation