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Saving Stories: Luck, Superstition And Tempting Fate Part Of Hancock's Derby Journey

Nunn Center for Oral History

We've got a special Kentucky Derby themed edition of WUKY's award winning history series Saving Stories. Doug Boyd, director of the UK Libraries' Nunn Center for Oral History shares audio from a recent interview about a strange but true tale surrounding their 1982 Derby win with Gato Del Sol.

The interview is part of an ongoing project called Life’s Work, which documents the stories of equine industry professionals many of whom have spent their entire lives with the care and management of Thoroughbred horses. The interviews reflect on breeding, foaling, racing, farm management, history, and after care amidst the ups and downs of economics, success, and luck. The launch of Life’s Work results from the partnership with UK Libraries Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, Keeneland Association, Keeneland Library and Museum Foundation, and the Thoroughbred Daily News (TDN). Twenty interviews, conducted by TDN’s Chris McGrath and based in the Kentucky Bluegrass, constitute the initial harvest gathered in July 2019.

Access the Nunn Center’s full interview with Arthur B. Hancock online:


Access the Nunn Center’s Life’s Work: Reflections on Life in the Equine Industry Oral History Project online: https://kentuckyoralhistory.org/ark:/16417/xt7lqxqwlnc2x

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