1937 Seabiscuit Race-Worn Horseshoe Silver Ashtray Gifted by C.S. Howard
An unlikely champion, famed thoroughbred Seabiscuit became an inspiration to a depressed nation during the late 1930s. While he lacked the size and pedigree of his more ballyhooed counterparts, Seabiscuit defied the odds during the halcyon days of racing in America and became a hero to many for his improbable ascent to racing's upper echelon. Here's a race-worn horseshoe from the stallion's July 24, 1937, race at Yonkers that is engraved: "Yonkers Handicap -7-24-37 - Seabiscuit - 1 1/16 MI, 144 1/5, New Track Record" around the shoe edge. It is further engraved: "John T-Fitzgerald From C.S. Howard, 1937" inside the ashtray and marked "Sterling" on the bottom. It is sterling silver and a spectacular piece commemorating one of the sport's all-time greats. In 1937, Seabiscuit won 11 of his 15 races and was the year's leading money winner domestically. War Admiral, who won the Triple Crown that season, was named the American Horse of the Year in 1937, but Seabiscuit captured that title the following year.
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