Spectacular Bid Walkover in Woodward Stakes

Spectacular Bid: The Last Superhorse of the Twentieth Century

    In Fall 2019, the University Press of Kentucky will publish a book by Peter Lee on the champion racehorse Spectacular Bid, the winner of the 1979 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.  The book chronicles the life of one of the most underrated racehorses in history, as well as the horse’s colorful cast of characters.  

    Triple Crown Near Misses: Bold Venture Bows a Tendon

      Bold Venture (1933-1958) was lightly regarded in the Kentucky Derby, not having one a single stakes race en route to the Run for the Roses. In today’s Race for the Kentucky Derby, he wouldn’t even be considered for a spot in the field, but in 1936, owners could enter their horse if they nominated him or her. This was the case with Bold Venture, who went off at odds of 20-1. He was being ridden by Ira “Babe” Hanford, an… Read MoreTriple Crown Near Misses: Bold Venture Bows a Tendon »