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Bud Delp
Occupation Trainer
Born (1932-09-07)September 7, 1932
Creswell, Maryland, U.S.
Died December 29, 2006(2006-12-29) (aged 74)
Career wins 3,674
Major racing wins, honours and awards
Major racing wins
Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (1976, 1994)
Massachusetts Handicap (1976, 2001)
Kentucky Oaks (1977)
Blue Grass Stakes (1979)
Florida Derby (1979)
Kentucky Derby (1979)
Preakness Stakes (1979)
Santa Anita Handicap (1980)
Louisiana Handicap (1982, 1984, 1985)
Cigar Mile Handicap (1989)
Woodward Stakes (1990)
Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap (1991)
Pimlico Special (2001)
Racing awards
Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer (1980)
National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame (2002)
Significant horses
Spectacular Bid, Include, Dispersal, What a Summer, Sweet Alliance

Grover Greer "Bud" Delp (September 7, 1932 - December 29, 2006) was an American Hall of Fame Thoroughbred racehorse trainer best remembered for his conditioning of Hall of Fame colt, Spectacular Bid.

Bud Delp began his career as a Thoroughbred trainer in 1962 and in 1980 was voted the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer. Delp, along with John J. Tammaro, Jr., King T. Leatherbury and Richard E. Dutrow, Sr. were known as Maryland racing's "Big Four" who dominated racing in that state during the 1960s and '70s and who helped modernize flat racing training.

During his career, Bud Delp's horses won 3,674 races and earned purses totaling nearly $41 million. In 2002, an honor he said he was most proud of, Delp was inducted into the United States' National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.

Delp remained a lifelong resident of Maryland and died in 2006 at his home in Ellicott City, aged 74.


  • Bud Delp at the United States' National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame
  • Bud Delp's obituary at
  • Bud Delp's obituary at the Washington Post
Name Delp, Bud
Alternative names
Short description American horse trainer
Date of birth September 7, 1932
Place of birth Creswell, Maryland, U.S.
Date of death December 29, 2006
Place of death

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