The Kentucky Derby book by Bill Doolittle, celebrates the rich tradition of bluegrass horse farms and land of My Old Kentucky Home, the building excitement of fun-filled days leading up to the euphoric Derby Day and the greatest horse race in the world. Hardcover, 175 pages filled with stories, color pictures and interactive technology.
Own a piece of Kentucky Derby history.
Each book is hand-signed by Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day and author and horse-racing expert Bill Doolittle. Each book is $75 and $25 of each sale benefits The Kentucky Race Track Chaplaincy, providing support to staff and workers at racing tracks across the commonwealth.
For additional information: http://kychaplaincy.org/
The Stunning New Book of the World’s Foremost Horse Racing Event
by Bill Doolittle
Foreword by Laffit Pincay Jr. &Laffit Pincay III
Derby Fever, Derby Day, and the Run for the Roses¨
The Kentucky Derby isn’t one of those things that started small and grew bigger over time. It has gotten bigger today bursting at the seams at Churchill Downs, and followed by millions around the world. But in no way did it start out small. The very first Kentucky Derby, in 1875, was planned to be the greatest horse race ever held, and took off from there.
But what is it about the “Run for the Roses” that so captures our imagination, tugs at our heartstrings, and makes us wish to be in Kentucky on the first Saturday in May? What is it that draws horses and people from all corners to this one place, on this one day, for one very special race?
It begins in the stables during the days leading up to the Derby, in the early hours of springtime mornings, with the soft sounds of horse hooves flying rhythmically over the course at Churchill Downs. Louisville sets itself on its ear for Derby, capped with 170,000 people packing into a sprawling grandstand that’s topped by Twin Spires, laced with box seats and big bets and even bigger hats! all leading to a climax of the race itself.
The Derby has everything. It’s colorful, sporty and fun. It’s all about rivalries and romance, heroes and history.
Written by Bill Doolittle and beautifully illustrated with images from the sport’s finest photographers, The Kentucky Derby Derby Fever, Derby Day, and the Run for the Roses also features new Digicam Discover technology that links readers with archival video and additional information about the world’s greatest horse race.