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1973 Secretariat Piece of Worn Horseshoe w/Ron Turcotte Signature (Jim Gaffney Provenance)

1973 Secretariat Piece of Worn Horseshoe w/Ron Turcotte Signature (Jim Gaffney Provenance)

<p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;line-height:normal;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Piece of a horseshoe worn by Secretariat in 1973, matted andframed together with a cut signature of Hall of Fame jockey Ron Turcotte, whorode Secretariat in each of his three Triple Crown victories that year. Thesmall, metallic relic, measuring one-inch in length and approximately a quarterinch in thickness, came from a left-hind shoe worn by Secretariat whiletraining in New York prior to his first race of the season in the Bay ShoreStakes. The shoe from which this piece was taken originates from the personalcollection of Jim Gaffney, who was Secretariat&rsquo;s exercise rider. Gaffney presentedthe horseshow as a gift to a friend in 2000, and a COPY of the original one-pagehandwritten letter from Gaffney, detailing the shoe&rsquo;s history, accompanies theframed display. </span><span style="font-size: 13px;">Gaffney</span><span style="font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;relates how Secretariat was shipped from his winterresidence at Hialeah (Florida) to New York in March to train [for the Bay ShoreStakes on March 17th]. He also states that he began saving Secretariat&rsquo;s horseshoesone year earlier, in </span><span style="font-size: 13px;">April</span><span style="font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;1972, when he first started riding him. He concludeshis letter by writing, &ldquo;I galloped him [Secretariat] on the morning of March 13,1973. I held him while the blacksmith George Collins shod him and have had thisshoe in my safe deposit box since.&rdquo; </span><span style="font-size: 10pt; color: black;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Obviously,the original recipient of the shoe decided to portion out pieces of it so thatother collectors could enjoy a significant souvenir worn by what many considerthe greatest racehorse of all time. Later that year, Secretariat won the Triple Crownin dominating fashion, setting track records at each event that still stand.Secretariat retired following the 1973 season with a lifetime record of 16-3-1and earnings of $1,316,808 (over $8 million in today&rsquo;s economy). The horseshoepiece is affixed to a decorative mount featuring a photo of Turcotte andSecretariat, as well as a brief synopsis of Secretariat&rsquo;s racing career.Turcotte&rsquo;s blue-ink signature (grading (6/10) has been scripted on an unlinedsheet of white paper (4" x 2&rdquo;), which is mounted at the base. Matted and framed tototal dimensions of 15" x 17.5&rdquo;. </span></span></p>

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