Jennifer S. Kelly, author of Sir Barton and the Making of the Triple Crown


“When I started Peter Lee’s book, I knew of Spectacular Bid: the safety pin, the world record, and the failed Triple Crown run were the oft-repeated narrative about this dynamite gray champion. This book showed me that the story of ‘The Bid’ was much more: a horse with an average pedigree and superior talent; a blue-collar trainer who proved he could compete with the sport’s elite; owners that genuinely loved and enjoyed their remarkable horse; and a jockey whose burning passion for horses and the sport of horse racing could not outrun the demons of success. I highly recommend this book to any reader who loves horse racing and wants to learn the full story of this champion.”