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Jim Bolus

Jim Bolus

2016

Widely recognized as the leading journalistic authority on the Kentucky Derby, he wrote six books about America’s most famous race and co-wrote another. He also authored two other books, more than 200 magazine articles and several booklets about the racing industry. In 1972, he and Billy Reed wrote a series of investigative stories for The Courier-Journal and The Louisville Times on the industry, winning Sigma Delta Chi and National Headliners awards. After the Times closed in 1987, he was communications director for the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, worked spring meets at Keeneland Race Course, helped the Breeders’ Cup and was secretary of the National Turf Writers Association. A 1966 graduate of the University of Louisville and member of the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame, he died in 1997, the year he won the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Walter Haight Award for Career Excellence. Died in 1997.