Spectacular Bid, the Kentucky Derby winner, arrived at Pimlico Race Course today after a 1 1/2-hour flight from Kentucky. He was accompanied by groom Moe Hal, trainer Grover (Bud) Delp and veterinarian Dr. Alex Harthill.
The group arrived by van from Baltimore-Washington International Airport at 11 a.m. and was greeted by a Dixieland band hired by the Pimlico management.
Spectacular Bid will run in the Preakness at Pimlico May 19.
Trainer Delp said, "We've been camping out for five months. It's good to be home. Just as soon as I finish talking to these newspaper people Dr. Harthill and I are going over to the Pimlico Hotel for a drink. Plane rides make me thirsty."
Delp is the only Maryland trainer since Guy Bedwell with a chance to train a winner of the Triple Crown. Bedwell accomplished that feat in 1919 with Sir Barton. Trainer Frank Whitely won two legs of the triple with Damascus and Tom Rolfe, but neither of those colts won the Kentucky Derby.
Pimlico General Manager Charles (Chich) Lang reported that Flying Paster, which ran a disappointing fifth in Saturday's Derby as the section choice, will accompany Golden Act General Assembly Screen King in a Tuesday flight to Baltimore.