Hall of Fame, Horses

Spectacular Bid
Gray colt foaled in 1976. By Bold Bidder-Spectacular, by Promised Land

Breeder:Mrs. William Jason and Mrs. William Gilmore
Owner:Harry Meyerhoff's Hawksworth Farm
Trainer:Buddy Delp

Race History

©Barbara D. Livingston

The Meyerhoff family paid $37,000 for Spectacular Bid, and they picked a winner. He was a champion in each of his racing seasons, an accomplishment he shared with fellow Hall of Fame members, Tom Fool and Native Dancer.

Spectacular Bid's most important achievements at 2 included a 15 length victory in the World's Playground Stakes and a record-setting Laurel Futurity. At 3 Spectacular Bid was unbeaten through the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, but finished third in the Belmont Stakes. He later won the Marlboro and the Meadowlands Cup. Spectacular Bid finished his career with an unbeaten season in which he set four track records, swept California's Strub series, won the Washington Park Handicap, set a career earnings record, and was voted Horse of the Year.

Spectacular Bid was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1982.

Spectacular Bid winning the Kentucky Derby
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