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The Horses of the Kentucky Derby Interactive CDROM

Dateline: 06/02/00

If you love the Kentucky Derby you will love this new interactive CDROM from Bolding-Schaffer Productions. This CDROM includes over 500 photos of the first 125 Kentucky Derby winners, including some that are pretty rare. The CD includes a timeline history of the Derby, some stats and trivia, an article about African American jockeys, plus a page for each Kentucky Derby winner. For each winner you get a selection of photos including the one from the Horse Star Cards Derby card

Screen shot
of Charismatic's page. Menu items will bring up several more photos and his pedigree.
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of a history timeline page for 1950-1974.
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set plus whatever else they could find for that horse. This could range from several shots of the horse in the Derby, the winner's circle, working out, in the barn, in a pasture, etc. to photos of the owner, trainer, and jockey. Obviously more and better photos are available for the later years but there are some interesting ones for all years. Each horse also gets a nice write up on their career and a link to their pedigree. The CDROM also includes two songs: Dan Fogelberg's "Run for the Roses" and "My Old Kentucky Home".

This CDROM is quite affordable at only $29.95 which is an excellent bargain for what you are getting. The navigation might cause a few users who are not very computer literate problems at first, but if you play around with it you will catch on pretty fast. The key piece of information that is missing is charts of all the runnings. Hopefully when they update the CDROM for future editions they will consider adding those in. Another item on my wish list for the next edition would be a video clip or even just the audio race calls for the years where that is available, similar to what they have in the Kentucky Derby Museum exhibit. One big plus is the photos are all stored on the CDROM in Windows bitmap (*.BMP) format so you can easily use them for wallpaper on any version of Windows.

"This is a once in a lifetime production for us and is incredibly fun. We got tired of tabletop books full of pictures of race day scenery and wanted to make something that studied the heart of the event."
Mark Bolding of Bolding-Schaffer Productions       

To order your own copy, just visit the Bolding-Schaffer website and you can place an order online, via a toll-free phone call, or via regular mail.

Minimum system requirements:

  • Windows 95 or 98
  • 16MB RAM
  • 2MB hard disk space
  • CDROM drive
  • 640x480 with 16 colors video display
  • Pentium or better processor

Cover and screen shots used with permission of Bolding-Schaffer Productions.

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