Derby Fever

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Each spring as the Kentucky Derby grows near, a kind of frenzy hits a wide section of the population. People suddenly turn their attention to Churchill Downs, and the anticipation of the Run for the Roses sends everyone into "Derby fever." Here in his third book on the Kentucky Derby, Jim Bolus brings together a collection of his favorite Derby Stories that are sure to make an avid race fan out of anyone. Bolus covers a wide range of topics--from "the Duke" at the Derby; to the famous Derby photograph of the Fighting Finish in 1933; to his favorite Derby, the 1969 running. Also included are such champions as Whirlaway, Exterminator, Secretariat, Spend a Buck, and Nashua. Bolus has devoted a chapter to the Stevens family, whose horse-racing roots trace back more than 120 years, and to the Derby chart callers, those men who through the years have documented the race for posterity. Bolus also relates his own personal experiences as a bettor (and a loser!) on the Derby. In particular, he devotes a chapter to Holy Land, a horse who ran in the 1970 race but lost his jockey and the race. It's a pick Bolus has been kidded about a lot over the years. An authority on the subject, Jim Bolus has conducted hundreds of interviews about the Derby. With this book, readers will understand his passion for the grand old race and its traditions as they learn why so many get Derby fever every spring. Also by Jim Bolus are Remembering the Derby and Kentucky Derby Stories, both published by Pelican.
ISBN: 9781565541245
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Pelican Publishing
State: Kentucky
Series: Bolus Derby Series
Images: 25
Pages: 256
Dimensions: 5.5 (w) x 5.5 (h)
Author Jim Bolus is also the Kentucky Derby Curator at the Kentucky Derby Museum, located on the grounds of Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. A former sportswriter for The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky) and The Louisville Times , Bolus has attended more than thirty-five runnings of the Kentucky Derby and is the authority on the subject. The author of six previous books on the Derby: Run for the Roses , Kentucky Derby: The Chance of a Lifetime (in collaboration with a co-author), Derby Fever , Kentucky Derby Stories , Remembering the Derby , and Derby Dreams, Bolus also self-published a booklet dealing with names of Kentucky Derby winners , Whatís in a Name , and wrote the text for Royal Blood: Fifty Years of Classic Thoroughbreds. He has written more than 175 magazine articles on horse racing, many of them dealing with the Derby, and he has edited more than thirty racing magazines. As for further kudos and credits: ï Bolus is the only four-time winner of the turf writing contest sponsored by the Ocala-Marion County, Florida, Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Thoroughbred Breedersí Association. ï With colleague Billy Reed, he won both the National Headliners Club Award for investigative reporting and the Sigma Delta Chi Distinguished Service Award for general reporting for a series of 1972 stories investigating the Kentucky Thoroughbred industry. ï He has had two horse racing articles appear in the Best Short Stories series of booksó
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