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Spectacular Bid: One of the Greatest Ever?

When I was 10, I saw Spectacular Bid win the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes with ease. When he finished third in the Belmont Stakes, I was crushed. But life went on; I heard something about a safety pin, but I brushed Bid aside and looked for the next Kentucky Derby winner in 1980. Little […]

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Visiting Spectacular Bid’s Grave

The marvelous madness of Manhattan seemed to be in another time zone as my wife and I drove toward Unadilla, N.Y., population 4,392. The air was crisp and clear, and the trees’ colors were peaking. It was a breathtaking ride and a far cry from the 95-degree steambath we left back in Georgia. We got […]

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Oct. 8, 1978: Bid Beats Them All in Champagne Stakes

With Spectacular Bid’s win at the World’s  Playground Stakes in September 1978, the competition for  the Eclipse Award championship became more complicated. The winner might be determined in the Champagne Stakes, which was held at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York—a track where Delp had entered only 15 horses in his career and had won […]

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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