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The Kentucky Derby horse race is held every year in Louisville, KY, on the first Saturday in May.
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. Hardcover.
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.
There is no one more knowledgeable about the Kentucky Derby than Jim Bolus. He is Kentucky Derby Curator of the Kentucky Derby Museum, which is located on the grounds of Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.
Gaston® Goes to the Kentucky Derby teaches children about the grand festival of the Derby in Louisville and the challenges all the riders face to make it to the most esteemed horse race in the country. Peppered with humor and seasoned with Rice’s colorful artwork, this is a delightful volume for young and old and a must-have addition for anyone collecting Rice’s books. Hardcover.
They say every Derby has its story. It could be a remarkable trainer, a last-place finish for a first-place horse, or a newfound overseas interest in the race. Whatever the subject, the legends and history of each year’s run create the enthusiasm and drive that bring thousands back time and time again. And just like its counterparts—the Super Bowl, the World Series, and the Indy 500—there are legends and stories to be told that exemplify the fervor that begins in Louisville nearly a whole month before the race.
“Little Freddie is a story about having the courage to make your dreams come true,” says author Kathryn Cocquyt. “With enough desire, hard work, and care for those around you, even the loftiest of dreams can be achieved.” The story of Little Freddie, a Kentucky Derby racehorse, teaches children the valuable lesson of believing in one’s self and discovering one’s inner strength.
Kathryn Cocquyt’s character, the racehorse Little Freddie, certainly became a legend in her first children’s book. The anticipated success of Cocquyt’s second title about his successor and daughter is closing in on his popularity. In the new book, Little Freddie’s Legacy, Freddie has just returned to the pastures of his parents a proud Kentucky Derby victor. He soon realizes that there is more to life than races as he falls in love with the beautiful blind mare Rosie and sires his first foal, a filly named Baroness.
Romero began his career as a nine year old in backwoods Louisiana. Determined to branch out to bigger venues, he soon won races at Evangeline Downs, Delta Downs, Churchill Downs, and even Keeneland in Kentucky. He eventually went on to win twenty-five riding titles at ten different racetracks with such notable horses as Wavering Monarch, Rocket’s Magic, Personal Ensign, and Go for Wand.
Released in 1993, Jim Bolus’s Kentucky Derby Stories was called “a Derby delight,” “entertaining,” and “a winner” by publications like Daily Racing Form, Lexington Herald-Leader, and The Detriot News. Now for the 1994 racing season, Bolus, sportswriter and Derby historian, is back with another field of stories from the most-esteemed horse race in North America, Remembering the Derby.
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