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June 8, 1980: the $10,000 Horseshoe

Six horses challenged Spectacular Bid in the Californian Stakes at Hollywood Park on June 8, 1980. As expected, Spectacular Bid was assigned the highest weight—130 pounds.        At about 7:30 that morning, trainer Bud Delp sent Bid to the track to get in his morning jog. Toward the end of the jog, Bid’s hind foot nicked […]

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Triple Crown Near-Misses: Belmont Breaks Tim Tam

In 1958, the horse racing world was all talking about Silky Sullivan, the horse who came back from 28 lengths behind to win the Santa Anita Derby. Sullivan was so revered by the public that they installed him as the second favorite at 2-1, tied with Calumet Farm’s Tim Tam. The favorites were the dual […]

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Triple Crown Near-Misses: Needles Runs Out of Track

Needles had to overcome a lot to win the 1956 Kentucky Derby. As a weanling, he developed pneumonia and had to receive numerous injections of antibiotics (hence the name “Needles”); his dam, Noodle Soup, had won only one of 14 starts; no Florida-bred horse had ever won the Derby; and no horse since Jet Pilot […]

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About the Author

Peter Lee, a former journalist, maintains the blog The Way to Churchill Downs, which reports on Derby hopefuls for the coming year. He is the author of The Death and Life of Mal Evans and is a regular contributor to