1979 Belmont Stakes (G1)

6/9/1979, Belmont Park
1 1/2m (Dirt)
3 M

What the Nation is saying about the 1979 Belmont Stakes (G1)...

I was crushed in 1979 when Spectacular Bid began to fade and Coastal rushed up on the rail. (Yes I know Golden Act also passed him late, but I am convinced The Bid would have held him off if it had been for the win.) Ten years later, I felt equal pain when Easy Goer enveloped Sunday Silence coming o...Read More
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  • buckpasser · Putting it more bluntly and in my opinion only, Cordero and the other jockeys in that race made sure Bid lost and took steps to insure that. The fighting both literal and figurative, name calling etc. between Cordero and Franklin was covered in explicit and gory details in every NY newspaper in the weeks leading up to the Belmont. I remember Russ Harris writing about the poisonous atmosphere in the jockeys room between Franklin, Cordero and the other jockeys. · 678 days ago ·
  • buckpasser · Harris also detailed all the problems Bids owners had with the racing establishment. After Franklin was replaced by Shoe and the stud farm and fee issues were resolved, Harris wrote an article entitled All is Forgiven about how Bid was now the darling of the establishment · 677 days ago ·
June of 1979 seems along time ago as almost two-thirds of my life has taken place since then. As someone who was starting college later that fall in New York with a growing passion for horse racing and having an Aunt and an Uncle with varying degrees of interest in the sport, I went out to the Big A...Read More
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  • BrianZipse · And I was on the other side rooting hard for The Bid to take down the older Triple Crown winner, Affirmed. Spectacular Bid's only losses his final two years were both 12 furlongs at Belmont. I take some solace in knowing that Coastal was a terrific horse, and Affirmed was, well Affirmed. Great read, Dave! · 680 days ago ·
  • The Bid · The Bid was the greatest..............good read , thanks · 679 days ago ·
Bid tried to go for Sec's record. Had nothing left on the turn.
With so many handicappers and Triple Crown fans intent on riding the Charitable Man bandwagon into the Belmont Stakes winners‘ circle on Saturday, I offer this embellishment-free memory. I do this because I can never look at another impressive Peter Pan Stakes winner and not think of Coastal, and I ...Read More
June 18, 1979 Since Sir Barton first won the Triple Crown of American Thoroughbred racing in 1919, eight horses have captured the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, only to have their hopes founder over the grueling 1½-mile distance of the Belmont Stakes. Read More

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