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View DetailsView Video09/20/80Spectacular Bid1stBel11 1/4 mDWoodward Stakes-G1 3+ MSpectacular Bid  2:02.40
View Details08/16/80Spectacular Bid1stMth91 1/8 mDHaskell Invitational Stakes-G1 4+ MSpectacular BidGlorious SongThe Cool Virginian1:48.00
View Details07/19/80Spectacular Bid1stAP81 1/8 mDWashington Park Handicap-G3 3+ MSpectacular BidHold Your TricksArchitect1:46.20
View Details06/08/80Spectacular Bid1stHol81 1/8 mDCalifornian Stakes-G1 3+ MSpectacular BidPaint KingCaro Bambino1:45.80
View Details05/18/80Spectacular Bid1stHol81 1/16 mDMervyn Leroy-G2 3+ MSpectacular BidPeregrinatorBeau's Eagle1:40.40
View DetailsView Video03/02/80Spectacular Bid1stSA81 1/4 mDSanta Anita Handicap-G1 4+ MSpectacular BidFlying PasterBeau's Eagle2:00.60
View DetailsView Video02/03/80Spectacular Bid1stSA81 1/4 mDStrub Stakes-G1 4 MSpectacular BidFlying PasterValdez1:57.80
View DetailsView Video01/19/80Spectacular Bid1stSA81 1/8 mDSan Fernando Stakes-G2 4 MSpectacular BidFlying PasterRelaunch1:48.00
View DetailsView Video01/05/80Spectacular Bid1stSA87 fDMalibu Stakes-G2 4 MSpectacular BidFlying PasterRosie's Seville1:20.00
View Details10/18/79Spectacular Bid1stMed61 1/4 mDMeadowlands Cup-G2 3+ MSpectacular BidSmartenValdez2:01.20
View DetailsView Video10/06/79Spectacular Bid2ndBel81 1/2mDJockey Club Gold Cup 3+ MAffirmedSpectacular BidCoastal2:27.40
View DetailsView Video09/08/79Spectacular Bid1stBel81 1/8 mDMarlboro Cup Invitational Handicap-G1 3+ MSpectacular BidGeneral AssemblyCoastal1:46.60
View Details08/26/79Spectacular Bid1stDel71 1/16 mDAllow 3 MSpectacular BidArmada StrikeNot So Proud1:41.60
View DetailsView Video06/09/79Spectacular Bid3rdBel81 1/2mDBelmont Stakes-G1 3 MCoastalGolden ActSpectacular Bid2:28.60
View DetailsView Video05/19/79Spectacular Bid1stPim81 3/16 mDPreakness Stakes-G1 3 MSpectacular BidGolden ActScreen King1:54.20
View DetailsView Video05/05/79Spectacular Bid1stCD81 1/4 mDKentucky Derby-G1 3 MSpectacular BidGeneral AssemblyGolden Act2:02.40
View DetailsView Video04/26/79Spectacular Bid1stKee71 1/8 mDBlue Grass Stakes 3 MSpectacular BidLot O' GoldBishop's Choice1:50.00
View Details03/24/79Spectacular Bid1stHia101 1/8 mDFlamingo Stakes 3 MSpectacular BidStrike The MainSir Ivor Again1:48.40
View Details03/06/79Spectacular Bid1stGP111 1/8 mDFlorida Derby-G1 3 MSpectacular BidLot O' GoldFantasy 'n Reality1:48.80
View Details02/19/79Spectacular Bid1stGP91 1/16 mDFountain of Youth Stakes-G3 3 MSpectacular BidLot O' GoldBishop's Choice1:41.20
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Q of the D : in honor of the Derby, out of the horses that had won the first two legs of the Triple Crown, who do you believe had the ability to win the Triple Crown?
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  • coyne.kaylor · If Sunday Silence and Easy Goer had been born in separate years, they probably would have both won the TC. · 1018 days ago
  • jmac500 · Real Quiet was the closest. · 1018 days ago
Claiborne's Stallion Ad for Spectacular Bid in 1984. Check out the list of stallions below his pic also. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=706903789360381&set=a.644094668974627.1073741826.189123901138375&type=1&theater
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  • SSilence86 · WOW. Ack Ack. Tom Rolfe. Riva Ridge.... helluva line up. · 1081 days ago
  • Northport · Arguably one of the best rosters of all time, yowza · 1081 days ago
Secretariat or Spectacular Bid going 10f on dirt?
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  • travel_vic · muddy tracks were REALLY tiring back then as drainage was nothing like it is today · 1115 days ago
  • buckpasser · LAZ. He did lose some shorter races in the mud, but he was in some cases giving the winner well over 20lbs and lost by a length or less. Couple of times it was a nose or a neck. I always think of Exterminator coming into his own on a muddy track when he won the Derby · 1115 days ago
Spectacular Bid 1979 Kentucky Derby Post Parade. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=679498748767552&set=a.189145141136251.61389.189123901138375&type=1&theater
Champion Spectacular Bid meets Champion Niatross. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=679805852070175&set=a.644094668974627.1073741826.189123901138375&type=1&theater
The Bid saying hi to Davona Dale :) https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=567872266630583&set=o.189123901138375&type=3&theater
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  • kaitlinefree1 · i guess she just wasn't nice then! haha. · 1149 days ago
  • travel_vic · First thing I said to the groom at Claiborne, Melvin Olsen, "This horse had much more class than his owners." He agreed. · 1148 days ago
if you could make a field for the Kentucky Derby of past winners that were NOT Triple Crown winners, who would you pick?
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  • tmallios1 · Blabs , you are back.did you save all the amigos with the sombreros. · 1284 days ago
  • tmallios1 · 1924 , for a second i thought you were reading tonites Mega Millions numbers. Laz ,since you brought up Jay Black,i put on the oldies channel on the TV music Genre.Grooving to James Brown. · 1284 days ago
I was working Jun 8, 1980 when my sister called to say the Bid was running that day. We both faked sick and met at the track. The Bid had 132 lbs on wet track but won by 4.5 lgs and beat the record set just 30 mins prior by Rich Cream. He also surpassed Affirmed's money mark. WHAT A HORSE !
  • railbird33 · vigors777, thanks for the great sharing, and reminding us what a special and brilliant career this one had. Even a bad day at the track beats a good day at work. · 1329 days ago
"In that era of champions, none was as brilliant a 4-year-old as Spectacular Bid in 1980, and one has to go back to '53, when Tom Fool won 10 of 10 races, including New York's triple crown for older horses, to find an equal. In '80 Bid won all nine races he entered. He so dominated that no horse opposed him in the Woodward Stakes at Belmont Park, his final start. He went to the post alone and toured the grounds in a walkover, under Bill Shoemaker, a jockey who rode some of the swiftest horses in history: Swaps, Dr. Fager, Damascus and Forego. Of Spectacular Bid, Shoemaker said simply, "He is the best horse I ever sat on."" -Bill Nack
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  • EP Taylor · That was a walk in the Park in the Woodward ;) · 1341 days ago
  • airedale2008 · Personal Ensign and Randy Romero were an undefeated combination. She was just as good off the track as on, producing multiple G1 winners. · 1338 days ago
does anyone know if there is video of the 1979 florida derby if so when your arguing who was the greatest racehorse of all time--- show them that race. there were only two times I got chills down my back watching a horse --- Secretariat at belmont and The Bid in the florida derby he was blocked 3 times almost to a stop once, franklin tried to go to rail and was cut off and cordero is standing up on his horse slowing down so bid has to go back 5 wide and rolls home you can see part of that race at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhqXgUVyZrg but it ionly shows the last quarter
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  • On The Gallop's · Tremendous horse. Great Speed, great Stamina. One of my favorite Dirt horses. · 1395 days ago
  • Jay S. · When you go to Equibase and look at his results yo can only say WOW!!!!!! No, wait...one more exclamation mark, !, there. · 1395 days ago
I saw Secretarait, slew, affirmed and the bid at the kentucky derby and also the bid at arlinton park as a 4 year old, it was amusing Bid was1 to 10 favorite carrying 132 pounds read in suntimes where one person had a $100,000 bet on bid at the track- some guy is carrying around $100,000in cash. well anyway Delp had told track officials he didnt want anyother horses around Bid--- so for post parade Bid comes out in front of 40,000 and parades grandstand and than goes to other side of track. than other horses are allowed to come out. They load Bid in first and than bring other horses to gate when they open the gate other horses flyout and Bid just comes out real slow. Delp must have told shoe dont get anywhere near a horse. he was last going around the first two turns and was losing ground at that. you should have heard the crowd murmuring it was such an odd sound. Half way thru the backshoe takes bid 5-7 wide and within a 1/16 he passes um all and was leading going in to the 3rd turn. crowd on its feet and roaring all the way home Set a track record that day that still stands at arlington
In your opinion (since they have somewhat been HRN's Horses of the Week) who was the better racehorse; Spectacular Bid or Seattle Slew? A close friend and I got into a HEATED debate yesterday on this topic (It was debate night :P)..
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  • LAZMANNICK · If someone asked my opinion I would definitely say that Spectacular Bid was the better of the two, at least on the track. And like Brian, I still have immense respect for Seattle Slew. Both were great at three though I would say that the Bid’s three year old crop was much more distinguished than that of Slew when you consider that he competed against multi G1 winners, Flying Paster, General Assembly, Coastal and Private Account, etc. Slew’s greatest three year-old opponent was Run Dusty Run, a single G1 winner of the Hopeful at two, and maybe Text, who was much better on grass than dirt. At four they both had amazing careers, though once again I would put the Bid’s ahead of Slew’s. Slew’s greatest victory was the Marlboro Inv. when he defeated Affirmed while giving him 4 lbs. in 1.45 4/5ths at Belmont in one-turn 9 furlong race. His greatest race, however, at least in my opinion, was his nose defeat to Exceller in an amazing performance for the ages, the 1978 JCGC. He was one for two at 12F and carried as much as 134 lbs. to victory in his final race, the G3 Winchester. The Bid’s four year old season was incredible. He went 9 for 9 including his walkover in the Woodward; set the world’s record for 10F on dirt in 1.57 4/5; won the then G1 9F Californian in 1.45 4/5 on a two-turn track matching Slew’s time in a one-turn race; won the 7F G2 Malibu in a track record 1.20 flat which still ranks as one of the fastest ever 7F races on dirt; won with weights ranging from 130 to 132 lbs. five times; and won 5 G1 races to Slew’s 2. It doesn’t get any better than that. · 1400 days ago
  • rafirox · Nice post, LAZ. · 1400 days ago
should have won the Triple Crown...
I flew to see Bid in the Holly GOld CUp only to find they scratched him the morning of the race. Uploaded the sign we all saw that afternoon to his photo library here about his final west coast work
Man O'War in THE BEGINNING.......Ending with 2010 and ZENYATTA.......and WAY too many truly GREATS in between that there isn't room here to post all of their names! But I'm a "newbie" here and if I am "invited" back I'll sure try!
Time for Spectacular Bid and Secretariat compared. 6 furlongs to 1 1/4 miles: 6 Furlongs: Spectacular Bid- 1:10.4 Secretariat- 1:10.3, 1:10.4, 1:10 1 Mile: Spectacular Bid- Champagne Stakes 1:34.4 Secretariat- Champagne Stake 1:35 (both tracks fast) 1 1/16 Miles: Spectacular Bid 1:43.1, 1:41.3, 1:42, 1:41.1, 1:40.2 Secretariat: 1:42.4 (sloppy), 1:44.2 (fast) 1 1/8 Miles: Spectacular Bid: 1:48.2, 1:50, 1:46.3, 1:48, 1:45.4,1:46.1, 1:48 Secretariat: 1:47, 1:49.1, 1:45.2 1 3/16 Miles: Spectacular Bid: 1:54.1 Secretariat: 1:54.2 (Daily Racing Form Time is 1:53.2) 1 1/4 Mile: Spectacular Bid: 2:02.2, 2:01.1, 1:57.4, 2:00, 2:02.2 Secretariat: 1:59.2
A turf writer at the time said Eric Guerin took ND everywhere but the ladies room at Churchill Downs
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  • buckpasser · It was in the NY newspaper after the Derby. Also contained in Mary Simon's History of Thoroughbred racing. The comment has probably been applied in several contexts. · 1639 days ago
  • travel_vic · He did take a lot of gried for that ride, but it was another of MANY when all the riders mentally said the same thing; "That colt on the lead WILL come back to us late." MANY MANY times they just do not come back, but get so far out front that the tiring closers (who have to OVERCOME the pacesetter) just can't do it. · 1638 days ago
The best horse I ever saw who won the first two legs of the Triple Crown only to lose the Belmont was, without question, Spectacular Bid.
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  • airedale2008 · True, buckpasser. Native Dancer was the best horse in his Derby, but could not overcome two fouls and a poor ride from Eric Guerin. The fast closing Native Dancer only missed becoming the first undefeated American colt since Colin with a loss by a short head to Dark Star. · 1639 days ago
  • travel_vic · Bid, the ONLY reason Buddy Delp is a household word to racing fans. THIS horse made this rider. Must have been very very good with RONNIE FRANKLIN in the irons. "Saftery Pin?" I''l just bet! · 1639 days ago
I believe he didn't really come into his own until his 4yo season. Great horse but had no partner to showcase his greatness.Dr.Fager had Damascus or they had each other. Affirmed had Alydar, Sunday Silence has Easy Goer, etc.Imagine fred Astaire without Ginger Rodgers.One of the few great ones I never got to see personally.New York State is a nice place to live, sooner or later all the great ones come if possible, Thoroughbred and Standardbred.
A great horse, but his competition in 1980 was far weaker than the 1988 campaign of Alysheba's. The Bid was very "hyped" by the media, and well deserved. But he NEVER beat a great horse. Flying Paster was very good and that was the best horse he ever beat.
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  • footlick · These are Alysheba's foes in his 4 yr old year- Ferdinand, Bet Twice, Lost Code, Forty Niner, Seeking the Gold, Cutlass Reality, Waquoit........ which of these would be considered a "great" horse?????? · 1825 days ago
  • derbywars · Saw them many times and loved them both, but sorry, Alysheba was not the 2yo, 3yo, nor 4yo that Spectacular Bid was. · 1825 days ago

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