April 2019

Triple Crown Near Misses: Capot Fades in the Derby

    For the 1949 Kentucky Derby, all eyes were on Olympia, the winner of three stakes at 2 as well as the Wood Memorial and Derby Trial. Bettors made him the 4-5 favorite, and he wowed everyone with a first quarter in a record-tying 22 2/5 seconds. Capot, a relative longshot at 13-1, stalked Olympia, about 1 1/2 lengths off the lead. Olympia couldn’t handle the fast pace, though, and faded, leaving Capot to take charge. He roared to the front,… Read More »Triple Crown Near Misses: Capot Fades in the Derby

    April 26, 1979 – Spectacular Bid Waltzes in Blue Grass

    Forty years ago today, Spectacular Bid wowed the Keeneland crowd in the Blue Grass Stakes, cruising to a 7-length win over Lot o’Gold. Overcast skies threatened rain that day. As had been the case in several races that year, Bid’s workouts had scared away most horses. By post time, only three other horses dared to challenge him: Lot o’ Gold, a horse Bid had soundly defeated three times already, Bishop’s Choice, another colt he had beaten, and a horse named… Read More »April 26, 1979 – Spectacular Bid Waltzes in Blue Grass

    Triple Crown Near Misses: Pensive Fails in the Belmont

      In the 1970s, horse racing had three Triple Crown winners in six years – something that had not been accomplished since the 1940s. But in that decade, we came close to seeing three Triple Crown winners in four years, if it weren’t for an ill-fated move by a Hall of Fame jockey to the front of the field in the middle of the longest race of the three. Pensive was not a highly regarded colt heading into the 1944 Kentucky… Read More »Triple Crown Near Misses: Pensive Fails in the Belmont