Bill Doolittle
Bill Doolittle

Bill Doolittle has always been my go-to guy when it comes to betting on the ponies. I was fortunate to work with him while at LEO, and now he’s even writing for us here at Insider Louisville. He’s the authority when it comes to Derby, Churchill Downs and horse racing in general, which is why it is no surprise these are the topics of his latest book, “The Kentucky Derby: Derby Fever, Derby Day, and the Run for the Roses.”

DerbyThe coffee-table book chronicles the history of the Kentucky Derby — from its first race in 1875 through last year’s American Pharoah sweep of the Triple Crown. A mix of essays and photos, the 200-page tome also features interactive technology termed “Digimarc Discover” that incorporates digital watermarks throughout. The links work with an app, where you can watch old race videos and see more historic photos.

Click here for more information on the book, including where to find Doolittle so he can sign your copy.

As for the big race on Saturday, Doolittle tells me he’s got his eyes on Exaggerator, Lani, My Man Sam … “and whichever one walks by me next,” he says. “It’s a wide-open Derby.”

Before he makes his final pick for the 142nd Kentucky Derby, he answered some very important questions …

What’s the most surprising thing on your Bucket List?

I’d like to have a little string of second homes to visit out West: Bozeman, Del Mar, Aspen (summer only) and maybe Santa Clara.

Maps are sexy.
Maps are sexy.

What poster was on your wall in junior high?

Maps, not posters: U.S.; World; Harrison Co. (Ind.).

If you were mayor, to whom would you give the key to the city?

I’d give one to my brother Dave, and then get one of those magnetic boxes and stash an extra key for me up under the Clark Memorial Bridge.

What are your preferred pizza toppings?

I prefer Sandy Raine’s meatloaf to any pizza.

Fond of Fonda?
Fond of Fonda?

If you could be any age for a week, what would it be?

27 — but I’ll need more than a week.

What famous person do people say you resemble the most?

Robert Redford.

Who would you most like to be stuck with in an elevator?

President Obama and Jane Fonda. Chat with the president for a few floors, then step off with Jane.

Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville. She's known around town as the Bar Belle and updates her blog (barbelleblog.com) daily. She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."


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