Yes, The Bid was born 35 years ago today. As Barbara writes: "Haven't they gone by in a blink." She celebrates his life by remembering (with many photos) his 25th birthday.
Spectacular Bid died two years later of a heart attack, on June 9, 2003, and he was buried near his Milfer Farm barn. The other titans of his era – Secretariat, Seattle Slew, Affirmed – had died before him. There has been no successor.
No, there hasn't. And if you are of a certain age, you might want to keep a Kleenex handy while you read this, and admire the photos one more time.