Andy Serling has been playing the horses for almost his entire life, and is currently the co-host of NYRA Live. To follow Andy on Twitter, click here.
"The Bid" was indeed spectacular....able to run one furlong faster than the next as only the incomparable Secretariat could.
Neat summary, Andy, of the 1979 Triple Crown season, and Spectacular Bid and Coastal's subsequent meetings.
Certainly, the best horse did not win on Belmont Stakes Day.
Right on Andy,
Bid was far and away the best non triple crown winner of the past 30 years.
It was the Horror-show ride by Ronnie Franklin that cost Bid his day.
( perhaps just Coastal day.)
When recalling the great racing of the 70'sThe Bid is right up there with Slew,Affirmed and Alyder.(only one Secretariat ).
My favorite Spectacular Bid race is the walk over in the Woodward at Belmont.
John....I've seen the Florida Derby ride. It was special....that's for sure.
Jaime.....if there was a Coastal in this field he would look like Risen Star at the eighth pole.
so, who's Coastal this year?
I saw Bid's Preakness and I traveled to NY to see the Belmont. I was never so surprised in my entire 40+ years of horseracing fandom as I was the day that Bid lost the Belmont. I never considered the possibility. I'm not sure of the safety pin story. hmmm. It is arguably the trainer's job to find an excuse that will preserve the horses' reputation and value. There is also the theory that Franklin moved too early. Maybe. One thing I've always felt strongly about is that Delp should have put up a top jock before the triple crown, especially considering the Florida Derby ride. (check THAT out if you ever get a chance.) I believe Delp finally put up the Shoe for the Delaware race.
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