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Franklin and the Race He Lost

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It’s not every day you get the opportunity to ride horses with a Derby winning jockey, but that has been my good fortune this week. Ron Franklin has been riding for us at Fair Hill. Of course I could not wait to quiz Ron about his rides on Spectacular Bid. 

Franklin was only 19 when he rode Spectacular Bid in the 1979 Kentucky Derby. He had been riding in races for less than two years. Franklin joined Buddy Delp’s barn as a hotwalker at 16 and rode his first horse for Delp at 17. He had never sat on a horse before. Franklin rode his first race for Delp on Pioneer Patty at the 18, and he won. Ron went on to win the 1978 Eclipse Award as the leading apprentice.
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This is a great little blog on "The Bid". If you go to the Horse Racing Nation page for Spectacular Bid, you can see all 30 of his races - plus the video they talk about where Franklin definitely pushed him way too soon in the Belmont.

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