This day in sports: Spectacular Bid keeps rolling with 1979 win at Keeneland

This day in sports: Spectacular Bid keeps rolling with 1979 win at Keeneland 1

Spectacular Bid enters the race on the backstretch after breaking the last in the Bluegrass Stakes on this date in 1979, and favorite Kentucky Derby cruises favorite to a sevenfold win over three rivals on the Keeneland circuit in Lexington, Ky .

It is the 10th consecutive victory for the dark gray foal ridden by jockey Ronnie Frankel in the 1 1/8 mile race. Spectacular Bid’s time is nearly three seconds from Round Table’s track marker.

“He’s getting smart, too smart,” said trainer Bud Delp after the horse, who would win the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes in 1979. “When he got the lead, he relaxed. He was running today.”

In baseball games postponed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dodgers are said to have concluded a six-game trip on Sunday with a day game in Pittsburgh against the Pirates. The Angels would play the Chicago White Sox in the last of four games at Angel Stadium.

Here’s a look at memorable games and excellent sports performance on April 26:

1905 – Chicago Cubs midfielder Jack McCarthy throws three runners at the plate, each second in a double play to set a Major League-record. The Cubs defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1.

1950 – Miami ends the longest winning streak in college tennis by beating William & Mary 8-1. Unbeaten in five years, William & Mary had won 82 consecutive games.

1964 – The Boston Celtics achieve their sixth consecutive title with a 105-99 win over the San Francisco Warriors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Wilt Chamberlain surpasses and surpasses Bill Russell with 30 points and 27 boards, but Boston has six double-digit players, with Tom Heinsohn’s 19 points ahead.

1995 – The Colorado Rockies hit the New York Mets 11-9 in 14 innings, setting the National League record for innings played in a season opener. Dante Bichette hits a three-run homerun in the 14th as the Rockies inaugurate their new baseball field, Coors Field.

2002 – Odalis Perez of the Dodgers faces the minimum of 27 batters in his first shutout. Perez, 23, is perfect for six innings in a 10-0 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. The left-handed loses a zero hit bid in the seventh when Corey Patterson beats an infield single.

2005 – Alex Rodriguez hits three homeruns and runs in a career-high 10 runs off of starter Bartolo Colon to lead the New York Yankees 12-4. Rodriguez’s homeruns reach base in the first, third and fourth inning, number 3. It was one of the few bad outings for Colon, who would win the Cy Young Award that season.

2008 – Michigan’s offensive tackle Jake Long is selected by the Miami Dolphins as the top pick in the NFL draw. The St. Louis Rams use second choice to grab Virginia’s Chris Long, Hall of Famer’s son and former Raiders defensive ending Howie Long. Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan is selected third by the Atlanta Falcons.

2009 – French Frederick Bousquet sets a world record in the 50-meter freestyle, the first swimmer to break the 21-second barrier. His figure of 20.94 comes at the French championships in Montpellier. Bousquet defeats Australian Eamon Sullivan’s figure of 21.28 in 2008.

2012 – It’s no surprise that Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck is chosen as the first overall in the NFL draw by the Indianapolis Colts. He is followed by Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, who is taken by the Washington Redskins. The Redskins went up in the draft to get Griffin, who had defeated luck for the Heisman Trophy, by trading high draft choices for the St. Louis Rams.

2012 – The Charlotte Bobcats finish the season with the worst winning percentage in NBA history. The Bobcats’ 23rd consecutive loss, 104-84 to New York, leaves them behind .106 (7-59) in the lockout-shortened season. The previous record was held by the Philadelphia 76ers from 1972-73, who finished 9-73 (.110) in a full season.

2014 – 38-year-old Wladimir Klitschko plays with Alex Leapai and knocks him with a left hook in the fifth round to keep his four heavyweight tires in Oberhausen, Germany.

SOURCES: The Times, Associated Press

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