Colonial Affair Whitney Stakes Shoe
Colonial Affair was one of the leading 3-year-old colts of 1993, and his victory in the Belmont Stakes that year is perhaps best remembered for the groundbreaking ride of his jockey Julie Krone, who became the first woman to win an American classic race. The son of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Pleasant Colony would continue to race as a distinguished 4-year-old, and this shoe is from his winning effort in the Aug, 27, 1994 Whitney Stakes at Saratoga. With jockey Jose Santos aboard, Colonial Affair led the field at the top of the stretch and was challenged late by Devil His Due. As they approached the wire, Colonial Affair held his lead to win the esteemed handicap race by a nose in a most dramatic photo finish.Following the Whitney, he won the Jockey Gold Cup and was a favorite for the 1994 Breeders' Cup Classic. However, his racing career ended when he broke a sesamoid in his right hind leg while kicking the wall of his stall a few days before the race. Colonial Affair retired with total career earnings of more than $1.6 million, and as a stallion produced 21 stakes winners before his death in 2013.The winning shoe is mounted on a 9x11" oval wooden plaque with nameplate and has an interesting provenance in that it emanates from the collection of noted equine photographer Barbara Livingston, who acquired the shoe during the summer of 1994. A signed letter of authenticity stating the same accompanies the shoe.
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