Wicked Tales from the Kentucky Derby

Publishing 1/31/2022
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The Kentucky Derby, America’s greatest horse race, is filled with iconic traditions and southern pageantry. But a race as rich in history as the Kentucky Derby also has wicked stories to tell. There’s the story of Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr., founder of the Derby, who went to his grave believing that the Derby was his biggest failure. Or how the winning jockey of the 1935 Derby turned out to be a coldblooded killer. Or the last private owners of the notorious Hope Diamond, whose sinister reputation added another victim while its owners attended the 1919 Kentucky Derby. You’ll also meet a young man who literally bet his life on the outcome of a race. Join educator and historian Ronnie Dreistadt for ten unsettling stories of Derby history.
ISBN: 9781467151238
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Kentucky
Series: Wicked
Images: 49
Pages: 176
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Ronnie Dreistadt is an educator, writer, storyteller and museum professional. After working at the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville for twenty-six years, Dreistadt now hosts the Derby Indigestion podcast and owns RAD Productions, specializing in museum education curriculum, tour development and historical research. He is a graduate of Indiana University Southeast and the author of one previous publication: Lost Bluegrass: The History of a Vanishing Landscape (The History Press, 2011). Dreistadt lives in Southern Indiana with his wife, Meichele, and three children: Jacqueline, Caleb and Mary Kate.
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