Man O' War & Sir Barton Historical Badges & Belmont Park's 1919 Condition Book Featuring The Two Horses
Three extremely rare and important admission badges, all with original strings attached, are virtually impossible to find. The first, Saratoga Grandstand colorful pass # 11599, for the eleventh day of the August 1919 meet, featured the only loss of Man 0' War in his career. The race was the Sanford Memorial in which the champion racehorse lost to the aptly named Upset. This badge was on prominent display at the National Museum of Racing in Saratoga Springs for two years. Included is documentation from the museum confirming attribution and presentation. The next two badges, the grandstand and Lady's ticket, were for the same race day on the 12th day of Belmont's autumn meeting in 1918. The event featured Sir Barton, who one year later became America's first Triple Crown winner. Unfortunately, he had to settle for 2nd place in this race, the Belmont Futurity. The badges are in superb condition. Also included is the equally rare and important 128 page condition book for the 1919 spring meeting of the Westchester Racing Association Belmont Park. It is complete, in great, unmarked condition with excellent graphics and also near impossible to find. The famous horses that raced at the meeting included: Man 0' War (first two lifetime starts covered- June 6, maiden special weight (page 75); and for June 9, the Keene Memorial (pages 87-91. Sir Barton won both the Withers on May 24 (pages 22-18) & the Belmont Stakes on June 11 (pages 99-104) to become America's first Triple Crown winner. Exterminator, Old Rosebud (twice), and Roamer (twice) also raced during the meeting. Hall of Fame rider, John Loftus was the leading jockey.
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