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Grover G. "Bud" Delp

Bud Delp
Grover G. "Bud" Delp
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   Buddy Delp saddled his first winner at Maryland’s Laurel Park in 1962 and won his first meet title there a year later. He won seven training titles at Pimlico, six at Laurel and also led the standings at Bowie, Delaware Park, Atlantic City and Monmouth.

   Delp, however, is most commonly associated with Spectacular Bid. Delp conditioned the Hall of Fame horse through three championship seasons. At 2, Spectacular Bid set one track record and equaled another en route to being named the Champion 2-Year-Old Colt. At 3, Spectacular Bid won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. He also added the Hutcheson Stakes, Fountain of Youth, Florida Derby, Blue Grass Stakes, Marlboro Cup and the Meadowlands Cup to be named Champion 3-Year-Old Colt.

   As a 4-year-old, Spectacular Bid won all nine of his races. He set four track records that year and was named Champion Older Male and Horse of the Year. He was retired with a record of 26-2-1 from 30 starts.

   Delp’s success, however, was not limited to Spectacular Bid. He campaigned 68 stakes winners, and from 1976 through 2006, he won 3,674 races from 17,911 starts with purse earnings of $41 million. His other major victories included the 
Massachusetts Handicap (2), Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (2), Santa Anita Handicap, Kentucky Oaks, Louisiana Handicap (3), Cigar Mile, Woodward Stakes, Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap, and Pimlico Special.

   Delp won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer in 1980. A lifelong resident of Maryland, Delp died at his home in Ellicott City in 2006 at age 74.

   Buddy Delp was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 2002.