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Spectacular Bid: The Last Superhorse of the Twentieth Century

Peter Lee


A safety pin was all that kept Spectacular Bid from racing immortality. On the morning of the Belmont Stakes, the third jewel in horse racing’s prestigious Triple Crown, Spectacular Bid stepped on a safety pin in his stall, injuring his foot. He had won the first two races in impressive fashion but finished third that day, losing his chance for a Triple Crown. But that did not stop him from becoming one of horse racing’s greatest competitors—in fact, in the words of his trainer, Grover “Bud” Delp, he was “the greatest horse ever to look through a bridle.” The battleship-gray colt won twenty-si ... More

Keywords: Spectacular Bid, horse racing, Kentucky Derby, Triple Crown, Bud Delp, Harry Meyerhoff, Ron Franklin

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780813177809
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813177809.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Lee, author