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What a load of bull! The Travers was the signature win of Holy Bull's Hall of Fame career, and what makes this lot extremely valuable is that it combines the three most important elements of race-worn saddle cloths: the stature of the horse, the stature of the race and whether or not the horse won the race. The Travers is arguably the third-most important race in the "sport of kings" behind only the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes. Holy Bull was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 2001 and Blood Horse ranked him 64th on its list of Top 100 Racehorses of the 20th Century. In 1994, he won the Eclipse Award for champion three-year-olds and was voted 1994 Horse of the Year, having won the Travers, the Florida Derby, the Blue Grass, the Met Mile, the Haskell, the Woodward, the Dwyer and the Hutcheson. At the peak of his popularity, Holy Bull was getting fan mail by the tens of thousands delivered to him at his barn. And the cherry on the sundae is that he has enjoyed a prosperous stud career, siring one of the Kentucky Derby's biggest upset winners: Giacomo at 50-1. The cloth - which features the screened Travers Stakes logo, number 2 and stitched HOLY BULL name - is signed by the jockey who rode him - Mike Smith. The signature is in ballpoint pen and rates 8-9/10.
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