40 Years Ago: Spectacular Bid Wins the Heritage Stakes

At Keystone Racetrack in Philadelphia on November 11, 1978, Spectacular Bid wrapped up an outstanding two-year-old season with a dominating victory in the Heritage Stakes.

Trainer Bud Delp wanted to see if the colt could stalk the leaders from just off the pace, and then make his move around the final turn when the leaders tired. Sure enough, he was seven lengths off the lead through the first turn and into the backstretch before he grew tired of watching the horses in front of him.

After a half a mile, the horse made his move; heading into the final turn, he passed three other horses with ease and was suddenly astride Terrific Son, who had just taken the lead from a tiring Breezing On.

Bid looked Terrific Son in the eye, and the other colt acquiesced. The gray horse bounded to a one-length lead at the three-eighths pole, running away from Sun Watcher and putting daylight between him and the second-place finisher – six lengths at the end of the race. Terrific Son was beaten, in third place.