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This impressive pairing consists of the Chenery/Tweedy family’s original and personal track-used 1973 Kentucky Oaks clubhouse box ticket stub and the official 1973 Kentucky Derby program from the private collection of the Chenery family, who descended on Churchill Downs that fateful weekend to watch their Secretariat win the 99th running of the Run for the Roses. What they witnessed was history in the making. Not only did the family see Secretariat win the classic race but also the new track record of 1:59 ? he established, which still stands today.
The highly collectible Kentucky Oaks admission stub is highlighted with a contrasting crimson "1973 Churchill Downs" and is clearly marked with the date of Friday, May 4. The ticket also displays the exact section and box (G108) and accompanying seat where the Meadow Stable connections watched the premier race for 3-year-old fillies. The official Derby program, with its distinctive green Derby entry page is in excellent condition considering the joyous events of the day. A letter of authenticity from the Chenery family accompanies the offering.
Original memorabilia associated with any of Secretariat's 21 career starts enjoy high demand and escalating value in themselves, but this pair of artifacts from Big Red's own legendary connections may be considered virtually priceless offerings to those who appreciate Thoroughbred racing history.
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