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Updated: Wednesday, March 24, 2004 8:51 AM
Posted: Wednesday, March 24, 2004 7:18 AM
Photo: Jim Raftery / Turfotos
The Bid in the Flamingo
March 24, 1979Spectacular Bid in the Flamingo Stakes
The Kentucky Derby (gr. I) was six weeks away, but The Blood-Horse
editor Kent Hollingsworth was all but conceding the race to Spectacular Bid.
"Right now, there is nothing in sight to challenge Spectacular Bid in the Triple Crown races," Hollingsworth wrote after Spectacular Bid's 12-length score in the March 24 Flamingo Stakes (gr. I) at Hialeah. "It is possible--after all those years when no 3-year-old could dominate his generation so as to win the Triple Crown -- that we will have three consecutive Triple Crown winners...
"Spectacular Bid played with his field as Larry Bird would handle a junior high school team. (Jockey) Ron Franklin had to pop him six times in the stretch just to keep him from going to sleep...
"The fact is Spectacular Bid is far superior to any of his contemporaries. He does not just beat them; he runs off from them with contemptuous ease."
Spectacular Bid, who went into the Derby with an easy win in the Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland, proved Hollingsworth correct. He won both the Run for the Roses and Preakness (gr. I). His third-place effort in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) was attributed to a misjudged ride and a foot injury due to an imbedded safety pin.
to read more about this Thoroughbred Legend in Spectacular Bid
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