Eclipse Press

Spectacular Bid Next in Thoroughbred Legends Series

Lexington, KY April 11, 2001 Eclipse Press, the equine book publishing division of The Blood-Horse, Inc., announces the publication of Spectacular Bid, the ninth book in the Thoroughbred Legends series.

Called the greatest horse ever to look through a bridle, Spectacular Bid achieved what few racehorses ever do--perfection--when he went undefeated in nine races at the age of four. Author Timothy T. Capps tells the story of this great racehorse and the people involved with his career: trainer Bud Delp, a veteran of the Maryland racing circuit; owner Harry Meyerhoff, who made the decision to keep his horse in training at four after a top three-year-old season; and the talented but troubled jockey Ronnie Franklin.

The author also details the heartbreaking Triple Crown run of Spectacular Bid, who could have achieved racing immortality were it reportedly not for a stray 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, suffered a minor injury, and ended up third.

But Spectacular Bid's career was more than just a missed Triple Crown. An eye-catching steel gray, Spectacular Bid was a champion at the ages of two, three, and four, and was Horse of the Year at four. He was ranked No. 10 in The Blood-Horse magazine's list of the Top 100 Racehorses of the 20th Century.

Timothy T. Capps is editor and publisher of Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred and is executive vice president of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association. He lives in Columbia, Maryland, near Baltimore.

Published by Eclipse Press, April 2001.
ISBN: 1-58150-057-2
16-page photo well
Pages: 160, Bound Size: 6 x 8
Retail price: $24.95 Hardcover

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