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Important Horse Racing Letters and Documents (8)

Important Horse Racing Letters and Documents (8)

1)-Two letters prior to the American Civil War were written in the early 1840s to the famous William Gibbons, a top breeder and owner of the Hall of Fame horse, Fashion. The first, dated January 29, 1840 was written by Alex Botts, who purchased the historic and famous Union Race Course on Long Island in 1833. Botts confirmed Gibbons was right that a certain stakes race had already closed and went into detail whether it could be a legitimate stakes. The second letter was dated December 7, 1843 from Breeder Thomas regarding a sale of horses (2). 2) Three letters involving Col. Sanders Bruce, editor of Turf, Field and Farm and the American Stud Book (the final word on thoroughbred pedigrees), and Maj. B. G. Thomas, proprietor of the renowned Dixiana Stud near Lexington, Ky. The first letter, December 22, 1892 from Bruce, related to comments about the foal report from Thomas. The second, dated December 24, 1892 from Thomas, on Dixiana's letterhead with a picture of Himyar, acknowledged he had made a mistake. Envelope also included. The third from Thomas, dated July 16, 1894, now with a picture of Domino in the letterhead. Envelope included (3). 3) April 14, 1887 letter from Secy. McIntyre of the National JC (also Secy. Of the Brooklyn JC) acknowledging receipt of payment to declare a horse from the Youthful Stakes. 4) A. B. Hancock's office stating on October 31, 1944 they have booked Invoke to War Admiral for 1945, and 5) 1941 letter to Glen Riddle Farms (Samuel Riddle) relating to jockey fees earned by rider Thomas Luther. In addition to being extremely rare and unique, they are in great shape and highly collectible, especially the pre-Civil War items. The Union Course was the largest track in the U.S. when built in 1821. One of the most famous races was held there in 1822 when Eclipse beat Sir Henry before 60,000. An equally famous match race was held in 1845 when Peytona beat Gibbon's champ, Fashion. We have never before seen items relating to this race course.

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