Milton C. Toby, author of Taking Shergar: Thoroughbred Racing’s Most Famous Cold Case


“Winning a Triple Crown is an automatic stamp of immortality—think Secretariat, Citation, and the others—but what about those horses that didn’t quite make it? Where do they fit in the hierarchy of Thoroughbred racing’s history?  Peter Lee makes a strong argument that Spectacular Bid deserves a place among the sport’s elite despite coming up short in his bid for the Triple Crown. A once-in-a-lifetime horse for his owners, for a veteran trainer best known for his success with claimers, and for an inexperienced jockey beset with problems, Spectacular Bid was the best of his generation. He swept the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes and almost certainly would have won the Triple Crown except for a bizarre accident that likely cost him the Belmont Stakes. Was Spectacular Bid really the last superhorse of the twentieth century? It’s difficult to say, but Lee’s well written and thoroughly researched book is excellent fodder for the argument.”