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Spectacular Bid was a grey colt owned by the Hawksworth Farm.  (Originally his owners consisted of Harry, Teresa and Tom Meyerhoff.)  He was trained by Grover (Bud) Delp and ridden by jockey Ronnie Franklin.  Ronnie rode Bid for most of his 2 year old races except for the Champagne and Young America stakes races.  Ronnie would also end up riding Bid in the three triple crown races - The Kentucy Derby, The Preakness Stakes and The Belmont Stakes.  (The duo winning the first two legs of the triple crown.)
As a 3 year old most of Bid's races were with Bill Shoemaker aboard.
There was a lot of talk comparing Spectacular Bid to a triple crown winner named - Affirmed.  Then there was rumor of a race between these two great horses.  That day finally came during the Jockey Club Gold Cup.  Affirmed and Bid challenged each other during the race, but in the end Affirmed was the better horse that day. 
Spectacular Bid went on to win all of his other races with Bill Shoemaker aboard.
Spectacular Bid was said to be one of the greatest horses of his time, winning twenty-six of thirty starts.  Over two million in purses won.

Spectacular Bid’s Record
As a 2 year old

 DATE

TRACK

JOCKEY

RACE

RESULT

MARGIN

June 30

Pimlico

Franklin

Maiden Special Weights

WON

3 ¼

July 22

Pimlico

Franklin

Allowance

WON

8

Aug 2

Monmouth

Franklin

Tyro

Fourth

6 ¾

Aug 20

Delaware

Franklin

Dover

Second

2 1/2

Sept 23

Atlantic City

Franklin

World’s Playground

WON

15

Oct 8

Belmont

Vasquez

Champagne

WON

2 ¾

Oct 19

Meadowlands

Vasquez

Young America

WON

Neck

Oct 28

Laurel

Franklin

Laurel Futurity

WON

8 ½

Nov 11

Keystone

Franklin

Heritage

WON

6

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