- June 9
) was an American thoroughbred
. His sire was Bold Bidder
, stakes winner of 13 races who also sired the 1974 Kentucky
Derby winner, Cannonade
. His grandsire was Bold Ruler
, a U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee and an eight-time Leading sire in North America
. His dam was Spectacular by Promides Lan. "The Bid" was one of the most dominant racers of his time.
Spectacular Bid won 26 races of 30 started, winning US$
2,781,607 over his career, a then-record sum. He finished worse than third just once in his career. He is unique among "great" horses in that he never lost between 7 furlongs and 1 1/4 miles, i.e., at any of the most common middle distance events in American racing. He is probably most noted for his ill-fated attempt at winning the Triple Crown
which came up short in the Belmont Stakes
as a result of a freak accident involving a safety pin in his stall the morning of the race and a questionable ride by jockey Ronnie Franklin.