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February 7, 1979: Spectacular Bid Wins His 3-Year-Old Debut

Spectacular Bid made a spectacular 3-year-old debut in the Hutcheson Stakes on Feb. 7, 1979, defeating Lot o’ Gold by 3 3/4 lengths in the slop. Although 24 horses were nominated for the Hutcheson Stakes, Northern Prospect, Lot o’ Gold, and Medaille d’Or were the only horses brave enough to face Bid. The rest of the […]

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February 3, 1980 – Spectacular Bid Breaks a World Record

Bold Bidder, Spectacular Bid’s sire, had set a new track record of 1:59 3/5 for one and a quarter miles in winning the Charles H. Strub Stakes fourteen years earlier. It had remained a record up to 1980. Now Spectacular Bid was going to take a crack at his sire’s record.

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Another Round of Edits

The manuscript went through a final round of edits – the fourth time, if you count my editing – and is ready to go to the next step, which should be interior layout.

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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