|Owner||John R. Gaines|
|Bold Bidder is a thoroughbred racehorse out of High Bid by Bold Ruler. He was born around 1962 in the United States, and was bred by Wheatley Stable.|
Benjamin Franklin Handicap (1965)|
Hawthorne Derby (1965)
Jerome Handicap (1965)
Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap (1966)
Monmouth Handicap (1966)
Strub Stakes (1966)
Washington Park Handicap (1966 )
|American Co-Champion Older Male Horse (1966)|
|Bold Bidder Drive, Lexington, Kentucky|
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
Bold Bidder (1962–1982) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse. Bred by the Wheatley Stable partnership of Gladys Mills Phipps and her brother, Ogden L. Mills, he was sired by their very great stallion Bold Ruler, an eight-time Leading sire in North America and U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee. Out of the Wheatley mare High Bid, in 1952 her sire, To Market, set new track records in the Massachusetts Handicap, the Hawthorne Gold Cup and in a six-furlong sprint at Santa Anita Park.
Trained by future Hall of Fame inductee, Woody Stephens, in the 1965 U.S. Triple Crown series Bold Bidder did not run in the Kentucky Derby. Instead, his Wheatley stablemate Bold Lad, the 1964 American Champion Two-Year-Old Colt and 1965 Derby Trial Stakes winner was entered. Sent off as the betting favorite, Bold Lad finished tenth in an eleven horse field. Neither horse ran in the Preakness Stakes but Bold Bidder finished eighth in the Belmont Stakes. However, he won the 1966 Hawthorne Gold Cup, the Monmouth and Washington Park Handicaps, and set a new race record in winning the 1966 Strub Stakes at Santa Anita Park that stood until 1979 when his son, Spectacular Bid, broke it. Bold Bidder's performances that year saw him sharing 1966 American Champion Older Male Horse honors with Buckpasser.
As a sire
Retired to stud at Gainesway Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, Bold Bidder was an outstanding stallion. The sire of fifty-three stakes winners, his sons include two Kentucky Derby winners. Cannonade won the 1974 Derby and sired Caveat who won the 1983 Belmont Stakes. Spectacular Bid, a Hall of Fame inductee who in addition to winning the Derby and the Preakness Stakes, was the 1978 American Champion Two-Year-Old Colt, the 1979 American Champion Three-Year-Old Male Horse, the 1980 American Horse of the Year and ranked number 10 in the Blood-Horse magazine List of the Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century.
Bold Bidder also sired champions Highest Trump (Ireland), Rash Move (Sovereign Award, Canada), Caspian (England), and Parioli (France). He was the sire of Consultants Bid who sired U.S. Racing Hall of Fame filly, Bayakoa. From his daughters, Bold Bidder was the damsire of two American Champion Two-Year-Old Fillys. In 1982, Champion Landaluce went undefeated in five starts but died in November of an intestinal infection. In 1992, Champion Eliza won the 1992 Santa Anita Oaks and Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.
Bold Bidder died in 1982 and was buried in the equine cemetery at Gainesway Farm.
Also note information on trainer: Edward T. Pacuk was also stable hand/trainer of this horse in 1965.