Historic 1904 Sterling Silver Trophy from the Coney Island Jockey Club
We have never seen a trophy at auction from this fabulous racetrack, once described as the epitome of tracks in the world. The club operated from 1880 until 1911 when Governor Hughes of New York banned racing in the state for two years.Offered is a gorgeous Edwardian silver trophy in outstanding condition made by famed silversmith Black, Starr & Frost of New York, still in business today. Over two pounds, it is approximately 12 ½" from the base to the top of the handle X 9" at its widest points.The race was the 2 ½ mile "Stirrup Cup" run for $1,000 added on June 28, 1904, a good sized purse in those days. There were seven entries with Conover winning by 60 lengths. The writer for the New York Times wrote the horse won by nearly a furlong. Depending on the horses, its stride is about eight to nine feet, or about 73-83 in a furlong. Accordingly, the Times was correct. "The Stirrup Cup" was a famous and important race. It was inaugurated in 1880 and run for many years for $1,500 added at 2 1/8 miles. In the late 80's the race occasionally did not fill and was also an important steeplechase event. Some famous racehorses competed for the cup including: Parole, Drake Carter, Eole, Monitor, General Monroe, Ferida, Uncas, and Glenmore. Often, on the days it ran, it was described as either the "great race, or event, of the day" and also "the really great race of the day."It is unlikely another trophy of this importance and beauty from the famed track will appear in a public auction, if ever. Included is a copy of the Times article from June 29, 1904, and a full page write-up on the winning jockey, with picture, from the 1909 book Lovers of the horse.
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