Secretariat Race Worn Sanford Stakes Winning Horseshoe - 1st Stakes Win!
Here's the original shoe worn by Secretariat in his first stakes victory - August 16, 1972. The shoe is mounted on a wooden plaque by the late Jim Gaffney, Secretariat's exercise rider for the Meadow Stable from April, 1972, through May, 1973. Shockingly, in what was the rarest of occurrences, Secretariat was not the favorite in the Sanford. Instead, Linda’s Chief, at 3-5, was the odds-on favorite. Despite a nice rally by the favorite to finish second, Secretariat powered to another open lengths victory in the five-horse field in a final time of 1:10. His win in the Sanford was the first major step in what would become a Horse of the Year campaign, an unprecedented feat for a 2-year-old. The left hind shoe is mounted on a wooden plaque with blue metal backing containing an engraved plate identifying the race. On the reverse of the plaque, the frame has the handwritten inscription documenting the mounting by Gaffney along with the individual identification numbers. Working in concert with groom Eddie Sweat and regular Meadow Stable farrier George Collins, Gaffney collected many of Secretariat's racing plates, cataloging each as the colt was routinely shod. The plaque is hand-signed by the Meadow Racing Stable team of Mr. Gaffney, owner Penny Chenery, and Secretariat's Hall of Fame winning jockey, Ron Turcotte. Gaffney mounted several of Secretariat's shoes in this particular distinguishable manner, each with their own corresponding individual private code to ensure absolute authenticity. Arguably the most famous racehorse of all time, Secretariat burst upon the racing scene in 1972 and in 1973 and became a living legend when he won the Triple Crown in unprecedented fashion - the first Triple Crown in a quarter Century (since Citation in 1948). Secretariat won the Kentucky Derby setting a new track record with a final time of 1:59 2/5 for the 1 1/4 mile race - a record which still stands today. He followed up his Derby win with another record-breaking performance in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico. Then, in perhaps the most famous horse race of all time, Secretariat claimed the Belmont Stakes by an astounding 31-lengths in a world record time of 2:24 for 1 1/2 miles. Secretariat went on to claim several other stakes races after his Triple Crown triumph, including the Man O' War, Canadian International, Arlington Invitational, Gotham, Bay Shore, Garden State, Laurel Futurity, Belmont Futurity, Hopeful and Sanford Stakes. As a stallion Secretariat sired 57 stakes winners including champions Risen Star and Horse of the Year Lady's Secret. However, his legacy today is primarily carried on through his daughters' offspring - the most notable of which are A.P. Indy and Storm Cat - who, together, insure that Secretariat's legacy will survive well into the 21st Century.
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