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June 30, 1978: Spectacular Bid Wins His Maiden

The day of Spectacular Bid’s first race was hot and humid; the temperature would reach 90 degrees that day. Since the race was at nearby Pimlico Race Course, it was easy for the Meyerhoffs, Bid’s owners, to see their newest acquisition. “[Trainer] Bud [Delp] usually says, ‘If you want to come, come,’” Teresa Meyerhoff said. “But with […]

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Triple Crown Near-Misses: Chateaugay vs. Candy Spots

The 1963 Triple Crown wasn’t filled with the drama of Affirmed/Alydar or Sunday Silence/Easy Goer, but Chateaugay and Candy Spots developed quite a rivalry. The two horses finished 1, 2 or 3 in each of the Triple Crown races.  Chateaugay, the son of 1955 Kentucky Derby winner Swaps, wasn’t expected to do much during his […]

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Triple Crown Near-Misses: Carry Back – Another Belmont Casualty

Carry Back didn’t look like a Triple Crown winner when he first debuted on the track, winning only two of his first sixteen races as a 2-year-old. But his trainer, Jack Price, thought running the young colt even more would do the trick, and finally, something clicked. Running from off the pace – a style that […]

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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