Derby Dreams

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Pelican Publishing, 1996 - Sports & Recreation - 264 pages
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"People in racing have to be dreamers," says Jim Bolus in the beginning of his fourth chronicle of the Kentucky Derby. The Derby itself has been dreamlike in its history. After nearly fading into oblivion at the turn of the century, the Kentucky Derby has grown into a national cultural institution and the premier annual horse race in America, if not the world.

The stories about this great race and its participants have grown through the years. They have evolved into both heroic epics and much-maligned tragedies. The author relates the triumphant tale of Regret, the first filly to win the Derby on what was her very first start of the year. He also tells of Riley, who, in spite of a muddy track, won the first Kentucky Derby held in the rain.

Some of the shattered Derby dreams are described as well. Included is the story of the tumultuous feud between horse owner Jim T. Williams and jockey Roscoe Troxler, whom Williams accused of throwing the 1911 race.

The author entertains and informs with his Kentucky Derby tales of the dreams realized and the dreams never achieved at Churchill Downs.

 

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Contents

I Think Its Everybodys Dream to Win the Derby
17
Regret Gives Old Man Tradition a Good Poke in the Nose
25
For Uncle Mack Garner the 34 Derby Was the Happiest Day of His Life
39
Needles Put Florida on the Breeding Map
61
The Tennessee Lord
75
Captain Cottrill Set Derby Firsts
85
Riley in the Mud
97
1903A Very Good Year
105
Those Landmark Spires
159
A Derby HighJinks Film
179
Racings Better Half
189
That Keeneland Bloom
199
Road to Derby Filled with Dreams and Nightmares
219
Want Some Tips on Picking the Derby Winner?
235
Getting off the Holy Bull Bandwagon and Going for Gin in the 1994 Derby
243
A Letter to Eli
259

Raisin Cane at That Controversial 1911 Derby
117
Making It Count in 28
149

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About the author (1996)

The late Jim Bolus, who attended his thirtieth Kentucky Derby in 1996, hadn't missed the race in more than twenty years. Dubbed a "Doctor of Derbyology" by one newspaper reporter, Bolus also wrote Derby Fever, Remembering the Derby, Kentucky Derby Stories, and Derby Magic, all published by Pelican.

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