The Kentucky Derby horse race is held every year in Louisville, KY, on the first Saturday in May.
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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.
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.
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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