July 22, 1978: Spectacular Bid Wins His Second Start


Three weeks after Spectacular Bid won his debut in impressive fashion, trainer Bud Delp lined up a second matchup for the horse—another five-and-a-half-furlong race at Pimlico Race Course on July 22, 1978.

The crowd had heard of his 3 1/2-length maiden victory at Pimlico and sent him off as a 3–10 favorite, which meant bettors would win just sixty cents on a two-dollar bet.

As he had in his first race, Bid started slowly and was third in the early going, but jockey Ron Franklin bided his time, waiting patiently until the far turn to make his move.

Once he did, Bid took command, steadily drew away, and won by eight lengths over Silent Native. The time of 1:04 1/5 for five-and-a-half furlongs was a track record.

Bid was now two for two in his first two starts. His first stakes race was awaiting him.

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