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Spectacular Bid

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Author Timothy T. Capps tells the story of the great racehorse in Spectacular Bid, part of the Thoroughbred Legends series from Eclipse Press. Capps weaves the story of Spectacular Bid with those of his trainer, Bud Delp, a veteran of the Maryland racing circuit, and his owner Harry Meyerhoff, who made the decision to keep his horse in training at four after a top three-year-old season.
The author also details the heart-breaking Triple Crown run of Spectacular Bid who could have achieved racing immortality were it not for a loose safety pin in his stall. Bid had already won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness and looked to be a sure thing in the Belmont Stakes until he stepped on the fateful safety pin prior to the race and ended up third.

But Spectacular Bid's career was more than just a missed Triple Crown. He had versatile speed that allowed him to run from anywhere in the field, whether on the lead or far back, and he used his speed to overpower his rivals time and again.

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