Six other horses dared to challenge Spectacular Bid in the Flamingo Stakes, and some trainers admitted they were running for the $29,800 check for second place. The morning of the race was hot and humid, with a little rain in the forecast. Bid’s jockey, Ron Franklin, was nervous, his first ride since the disastrous Florida Derby 18 days earlier.
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.
Gallant Fox. Count Fleet. Citation. Secretariat. Burgoo King?
If it weren’t for some lost paperwork, the horse named after a famous Kentucky stew could have been one of horse racing’s Triple Crown winners.