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July 22, 1978: Spectacular Bid Wins His Second Start

Three weeks after Spectacular Bid won his debut in impressive fashion, trainer Bud Delp lined up a second matchup for the horse—another five-and-a-half-furlong race at Pimlico Race Course on July 22, 1978. The crowd had heard of his 3 1/2-length maiden victory at Pimlico and sent him off as a 3–10 favorite, which meant bettors […]

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July 19, 1980: Bid Breaks A Record in Chicago

Spectacular Bid had spent all of 1980 in California, but by summer trainer Bud Delp was getting concerned about the toll the hard surfaces at Santa Anita and Hollywood Park were taking on his colt. So Bid went to Chicago to race in the $250,000 Washington Park Stakes at Arlington Park on July 19—formerly known […]

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Here’s the Cover!

I don’t know if you’ve been waiting for it, but I certainly have. The cover of Spectacular Bid: The Last Superhorse of the Twentieth Century is now ready to be revealed! I’m excited about the cover, and I appreciate Hayward Wilkirson, the book designer at the University Press of Kentucky, for his hard work in […]

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View the trailer for Spectacular Bid: The Last Superhorse of the Twentieth Century

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.