October 15, 2001 |
Trainer Bud Delp was asked the other day if any horse in the last 20 years could have beaten Spectacular Bid. "Last 20 years?" said Delp, thinking for a few moments. You could almost hear him clicking off several names in his head. "I don't see any. Not when the Bid was at the top of his game." When wasn't he? Spectacular Bid, who raced for Delp from 1978 through 1980, won 26 of 30 starts. In three of those losses--two as a 2-year-old--he was ridden by the erratic Ronnie Franklin.
March 2, 2000 |
Not long before the 1980 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita, somebody wasn't shy about expressing his thoughts on certain visitors from the East. "We were in the saddling paddock and one loudmouth was yelling, 'Go back to Maryland where you belong . . . and Flying Paster is going to show you what he can do,' " remembered Harry Meyerhoff, one of the owners of a 4-year-old colt who was making his California debut.
June 3, 1999 |
Trainer Bud Delp said he has never watched a tape of the 1979 Belmont Stakes. For Delp, watching the race the first time was enough. The 1979 Belmont was supposed to be a Triple Crown coronation for Delp's Spectacular Bid, who had obliterated the opposition in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Instead, the Belmont produced one of racing's biggest upsets, and now, 20 years later, Delp still sputters when he talks about it.
March 11, 1999 |
Spectacular Bid, in addition to being a spectacular winner, became a spectacular money machine 19 years ago today. The 1979 Kentucky Derby winner was syndicated for $22 million, on 40 shares at $550,000 each. At the time, the horse was racing's No. 2 money winner, at $2,089,417. Affirmed, the 1978 Triple Crown winner, had won $2,393,818. In 1979, Affirmed set a syndication record at $14.4 million. Later, Troy, a European horse, raised the bar to $16.5 million.
April 10, 1997
Eight great horses that won more than 50% of their starts (minimum 20 starts): Native Dancer: won 21 of 22 starts Man o' War: won 20 of 21 starts Spectacular Bid: won 26 of 30 starts Dr. Fager: won 18 of 22 starts Buckpasser: won 25 of 31 starts Count Fleet: won 16 of 21 starts Secretariat: won 16 of 21 starts Swaps: won 19 of 25 starts Source: Thoroughbred Racing Commission
November 1, 1989 |
Most of the art, furniture and decorative objects that the late Robert Mapplethorpe amassed over 20 years has been snapped up by collectors and dealers in a single day. They paid a low of $55 for a turn-of-the-century drawing by Charles A. Vanderhoof and a high of $231,000 for Keith Haring's contemporary vase decorated with erotic images. The daylong auction of Mapplethorpe's estate was conducted Tuesday at Christie's. Sales of 577 lots totaled $2.