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The Kentucky Derby by Bill Doolittle book cover
Meet the people who created The Kentucky Derby book



The Kentucky Derby book features new and archival photographic images from a distinguished roster of award-winning photojournalists, including James Archambeault, Michael Brohm, Skip Dickstein, Dan Dry, Andrew Hancock, Gail Kamenish, Barbara Livingston, John Nation, Ted Tarquinio, Charlie Westerman, Chris Witzke, and others.

Photo editor Michael Brohm and book designer Eric Morrell also selected historical images from the Churchill Downs/Kinetic Collection, Keeneland Cooke Collection and The Courier-Journal. Also represented is artist Peter Williams and racing illustrator Pierre Bellocq (Peb). By calling upon such a broad range of sources and styles, Brohm and Morrell create a wonderfully colorful tableau to illustrate one of the world’s most colorful events.

For more information about any of the photographers, click their images above to visit their websites.


Author Bill Doolittle

Bill Doolittle

Bill Doolittle enjoys a long association with the Kentucky Derby. He served as the writer/historian for the exhibit design team that created the Kentucky Derby Museum, did a stint as the on-track handicapper at Churchill Downs, and has covered decades of Derbys for such publications as Louisville Magazine and LEO Weekly.

Doolittle is the author of the 1998 best-selling The Kentucky Derby, and The How to Be a Better Bettor Book. He also writes about history, sports, and classical music.

For this book, Doolittle and publisher Jim Shircliff commissioned additional writing by Daily Racing Form columnist Jay Hovdey, author Billy Reed, historian Rick Cushing, entertainment/style writer Kirby Adams, and others. Plus video by Dave Shulhafer and Rachel Shulhafer.


Foreword Writers

Laffit Pincay Jr. & Laffit Pincay III

Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay Jr., who captured the 1984 Kentucky Derby aboard Swale and won a record 9,530 races before his retirement in 2003, joins with his talented broadcasting son Laffit Pincay III to contribute a unique Foreword for The Kentucky Derby: Derby Fever, Derby Day, and the Run for the Roses. Laffit III is an award-winning racing commentator and part of the NBC team that broadcasts the Kentucky Derby.

A friend of the Pincays, Daily Racing Form columnist Jay Hovdey, helped create the tandem foreword format that so eloquently describes what the Derby means to them – and everyone in horseracing.


Book Designer Eric Morrell

Eric Morrell brings thirty years of experience in print design and branding to this project. His ability to weave the varied work of the incredible photographers with compelling text gives the book an eye-opening look. For the past eight years, Eric has operated his own graphic design business, EGM Communications in Louisville.


Carpe Diem Books

Carpe Diem Books is a full-service book development business that produces high-quality books for publishers and businesses. Carpe Diem orchestrates book projects with comprehensive editorial, design, production, publishing, and marketing elements. Ross Eberman, publisher, was project director for the 125th Anniversary book on the Kentucky Derby in 1998 and has been involved in facilitating large-format books on other sports, including the Olympics, America’s Cup, and various NFL, NBA, and NHL team books.


Shircliff Publishing

The Kentucky Derby: Derby Fever, Derby Day, and the Run for The Roses is the first book project for Shircliff Publishing, founded by Jim Shircliff of Louisville, Kentucky. Shircliff is a long-time owner and participant in prominent racing partnerships. Cathy Shircliff directs the marketing and sales for the book company, including innovative uses of social media. In this project, Shircliff Publishing has teamed with Carpe Diem Books to deliver video content through Digimarc Discover® technology.


Book Credits

First Edition
ISBN 978-0-9897104-5-9
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data available.
Co-publishers: Ross Eberman & James Shircliff
Author: Bill Doolittle
Editor: Kane Webb
Photo Editor: Michael Brohm
Designer: Eric Morrell
Production Director: Richard Owsiany, RLO Media Productions
Prepress Manager: William Campbell, Mars Premedia
Copy Editor: Kay Mitchell
Indexer: S. Jane Henderson
Consultant: Richard Cushing
Marketing Coordinator: Cathy Shircliff

Additional Writing: Jay Hovdey, Billy Reed and Kirby Adams
Video: Rachel and Dave Shulhafer

First Printing 2016


Website Credits

RLO Media Productions
Specializing in project consulting and production management. Services range from: interactive multimedia, online applications, printing, binding, packaging, book sales, fulfillment, distribution, and warehousing.

Mars Premedia
Premedia services for print and Internet. Web development, programming, and design. Digital prepress image retouching, document assembly, and press-match color proofing.


Contact Us

Phone: 502.802.7450
Email: info@kyderbybook.com
Mailing Address: 2013 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, KY  40206