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August 2, 1978: Spectacular Bid Slops in the Tyro

After winning his maiden and an allowance race, Spectacular Bid needed a step up in competition. So trainer Bud Delp entered Bid in the August 2, 1978 Tyro Stakes at Monmouth Park, a race with so many horses entered that it had two heats. Although the distance was the same as Bid’s first two races—five […]

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Triple Crown Near-Misses: Kauai King Goes Too Fast

After 18 years of frustration – of Native Dancer and Northern Dancer just missing the Triple Crown, of Nashua and Chateaugay capturing two of three, of Needles and Tim Tam – horse racing fans finally thought they had their superhorse in 1966. Buckpasser, the son of Tom Fool, had won 9 of 11 races in […]

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Triple Crown Near-Misses: Northern Dancer Runs out of Steam

At just over 15 hands, Northern Dancer looked more like a quarter horse than a Thoroughbred – squat and muscular in contrast to the sleek, almost graceful animals that raced against him. But he received nothing but respect from the horse racing world in 1964 and beyond. His first season as a 2-year-old turned heads […]

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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 pastthewire.com.