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Oct. 28, 1978: Spectacular Bid Wins Laurel Futurity

Bud Delp, Spectacular Bid’s trainer, was unhappy when he returned home to Maryland for the 56th Laurel Futurity on October 28. The track conditions at Laurel leading up to the race were “cuppy,” which meant that the racing surface was dry and loose, tending to break away under a horse’s hooves. This kind of surface […]

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October 19, 1978: Bid Grabs the Young America Stakes

Substitute jockey Jorge Velasquez was up on Spectacular Bid for the colt’s first race around two turns, the Young America Stakes at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J., on the evening of October 19. Bid was the bettor’s favorite at 3 to 10 odds, but he almost blew it. Or, rather, Velasquez almost did. A […]

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October 18, 1979: Bid Starts a New Streak at the Meadowlands

Trainer Bud Delp entered Spectacular Bid in the Meadowlands Cup during the fall of 1979. To ensure that Bid would enter, officials at the Meadowlands had sweetened the pot, raising the purse from $250,000 to $350,000. Twenty-two other horses were nominated, including Affirmed, but Laz Barrera decided not to run him. Instead, he sent his […]

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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