1977 Seattle Slew Triple Crown Winning Goggles (Jean Cruguet LOA)
<p>Addendum: These goggles were worn for the Belmont Stakes race and not the Kentucky Derby as was alluded to in the printed catalog. Thus, these are the goggles that won the triple crown.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Wonderful horse racing treasure. Goggles (2.5x6.5") worn by winning jockey Jean Cruguet in the first leg of the 1977 Triple Crown won by Seattle Slew. In 1977, Seattle Slew was the 1-2 favorite going into the Kentucky Derby. With jockey Jean Cruguet aboard, he won the race, but was criticized for his relatively slow time of 2:02.2. Then, two weeks later in the Preakness Stakes, in the second leg of the Triple Crown, on a somewhat dead track, Cruguet even eased up near the end of the race as Seattle Slew was easily ahead and won by one-and-a-half lengths over Constitution. Seattle Slew still won in 1:54.4., one of the fastest times ever recorded in the Preakness. By now, "Slewmania" was sweeping the country. In the final leg of the Triple Crown, Seattle Slew ran on a muddy track at the Belmont and opened up a huge lead, so far ahead that Cruguet stood up in the stirrups with 20 yards to go and raised his right arm in triumph as Seattle Slew easily took the 1977 Triple Crown. Glasses are marked "Kroop's Laurel, Md". Brown frames, plastic shield, and black strap. Excellent condition. LOA from Cruguet explains that he gave the glasses to assistant starter Raymond De Stefano after De Stefano placed the blanket of carnations on Seattle Slew in the winner's circle. Excellent condition.</p>
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