Spectacular Bid

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Spectacular Bid

Spectacular Bid

“Lee does a masterful job of telling the entire and real story of a racing star who overcame numerous obstacles . . . a book that you cannot put down!” —Brian Zipse, managing partner of Derby Day Racing On the morning of the 1979 Belmont Stakes, Spectacular Bid stepped on a safety pin in his stall, injuring his foot. He had impressively won the first two races—the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness—but finished third in the Belmont, most likely due to his injury, making him one win shy of becoming the sport’s third straight Triple Crown champion. But that loss did not prevent him from becoming one of horse racing’s greatest competitors. After taking two months to recover, the battleship gray colt would go on to win twenty-six of thirty races during his career, with two second-place finishes and one third. He was voted the tenth greatest Thoroughbred of the twentieth century according to Blood-Horse magazine, and A Century of Champions places him ninth in the world and third among North American horses—even ahead of the renowned Man o’ War. This horse biography tells the story of the honest and not-so-glamorous colorful characters surrounding the champion—including Bud Delp, the brash and cocky trainer who was distrustful of the Kentucky establishment, and Ron Franklin, the nineteen-year-old jockey who buckled under the stress and pressure associated with fame—and how they witnessed firsthand the splendor and triumphs of Spectacular Bid. Including contemporary newspaper accounts of Bid’s exploits and interviews with key players in his story, this is an encompassing look into the legacy of one of horse racing’s true champions.

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Spectacular Bid
Language: en
Pages: 271
Authors: Peter Lee
Categories: Sports & Recreation
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-09-02 - Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

“Lee does a masterful job of telling the entire and real story of a racing star who overcame numerous obstacles . . . a book that you cannot put down!” —Brian Zipse, managing partner of Derby Day Racing On the morning of the 1979 Belmont Stakes, Spectacular Bid stepped on
My Spectacular Bid
Language: en
Pages: 236
Authors: Steven L. Werder
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-11-23 - Publisher: Page Publishing Inc

Let me pull up my chair and tell you my story. But, my story is to be read as a conversation; not as some pure and perfect work of literature. It’s not a story of fantasy or science fiction, but it’s a story of mystery, intrigue, murder and young teenaged
Spectacular Bid
Language: en
Pages: 280
Authors: Peter Lee
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-08-22 - Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

A safety pin was all that kept Spectacular Bid from becoming the eleventh Thoroughbred to take the Triple Crown. This work examines Spectacular Bid from his humble beginnings -- he was born in a mud puddle on a horse farm in Versailles, Kentucky -- to his recognition as one of
Belmont Park
Language: en
Pages: 192
Authors: Richard Stone Reeves, Edward L. Bowen
Categories: Sports & Recreation
Type: BOOK - Published: 2005-01-01 - Publisher: Eclipse Press

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