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Entries Announced For 2019 Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award

As with just about every sport, horse racing has all but disappeared in this year of the Great Pandemic. Meetings have been canceled, the Kentucky Derby re-scheduled for the fall, and we have little notion as to when racing may return in front of live, on-site audiences. But life goes on, and so too will […]

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Keeneland Library Continues Weekly Lecture Series

The Keeneland Library, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, will spotlight new publications about Thoroughbred racing – from stories compiled by noted Central Kentucky horseman and longtime radio show host Ercel Ellis to new books about the Triple Crown, the Travers (G1) at Saratoga and Racing Hall of Famer Spectacular Bid – as […]

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Ronnie Franklin, Jockey For Spectacular Bid, Dead At 58

Jockey Ronnie Franklin, who rode Spectacular Bid to victories in the 1979 Kentucky Derby and Preakness as a teenager, has died from lung cancer at the age of 58, according to Daily Racing Form. Franklin was hired by future Hall of Fame trainer Bud Delp in Maryland when he dropped out of high school at […]

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Simply Spectacular: Greek Band Pays Tribute To ‘The Bid’ In New Music Video

Racing fans are most likely familiar with Spectacular Bid – champion at ages two, three, and four; Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner; and Horse of the Year in 1980. However, it is quite likely that many people aren’t as familiar with “Spectacular Bid,” the song. “Spectacular Bid” is the latest release from the Greek band, […]

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Harry C. Meyerhoff, Owner Of Spectacular Bid, Dies At 86

Harry C. Meyerhoff, owner of 1980 Horse of the Year Spectacular Bid, died Feb. 11 at the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center from complications of a stroke. He was 86. Meyerhoff campaigned 1979 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, Spectacular Bid, with his then-wife, Teresa, and son, Tom. They raced the champion colt under the […]

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Sophomore Marengo Road Honors Owner’s Memory With Monday Victory

Four days after the passing of Harry C. Meyerhoff, Marengo Road honored the memory of his prominent owner with a thoroughly professional triumph in Monday’s $75,000 Miracle Wood at Laurel Park. Meyerhoff, who owned Marengo Road with his son, Tom, campaigned 1979 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner and 1980 Horse of the Year Spectacular Bid, […]

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Longtime Arlington Park Director Of Racing William Thayer Dies At 89

William A. Thayer, whose nearly 50-year association with Arlington Park in Chicago’s northwest suburbs dates back to the Marjorie Everett ownership era in the 1960s, died on Tuesday at the age of 89. Mr. Thayer first came to Arlington in 1964, serving as racing secretary and steward before moving on to a position with the Balmoral […]

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Training For The Triple Crown: An Historical Perspective

Bob Baffert, trainer of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah, was scheduled to fly to Louisville, Ky., on Monday night to check in on the Zayat Stables’ homebred son of Pioneerof the Nile as he gears up to run for the Triple Crown in the June 6 Belmont Stakes. Jockey Martin Garcia, who is typically aboard […]

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Owners, Jockeys, Horses to Be Honored on ‘Racing Walk of Champions’

The Arcadia Historical Society, City of Arcadia and Santa Anita Park have announced an official Grand Opening of California racing’s first-ever “Thoroughbred Racing Walk of Champions” on Saturday, Sept. 27, beginning at 5 p.m. on First Ave. between Wheeler St. and Huntington Drive. In a manner similar to that of the world famous “Hollywood Walk […]

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