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"Spend A Buck" 1985 Eclipse Horse of the Year Award

There's no greater honor in the horse racing world than the Eclipse, which is the MVP trophy, in effect, and was bestowed upon Spend A Buck in 1975 after the thoroughbred snagged the Kentucky Derby in near-record fashion. It comes from the family of the horse's owner, Dennis Diaz and features the brass casting of a horse on top of a wooden base. The award itself is a work of art, and includes a plaque on the front that reads: "Eclipse Award 1985, Horse of the Year, Spend A Buck, B.c.,3. by Buckaroo-Belle de Jour, Owned by Hunter Farm." It is in EX-MT condition with slight tarnishing. Spend A Buck also won the Jersey Derby and Monmouth Handicap in 1985. After the Derby triumph, Diaz opted to skip the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes and thus trade Spend A Buck's chance to win the Triple Crown for a shot at the bonus. The gamble paid off as the horse captured a $2.6-million prize, the largest single purse in American racing history until Smarty Jones topped the mark at the 2004 Kentucky Derby.


Past Sports Card, Memorabilia, Non-Sports Card and Collecitble Auction Items

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"Spend A Buck" 1985 Kentucky Derby Winning Saddle Cloth

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1985 Kentucky Derby Winning Silks Worn by Angel Cordero, Jr. on "Spend A Buck" (Photo-Matched)

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"Spend A Buck" 1985 Eclipse Horse of the Year Award

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"Spend A Buck" Oil on Canvas by Michael Duval Finnell (1947-1999)

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"Spend A Buck" 1984 Cradle Stakes Silver Owner's Trophy

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1985 Kentucky Derby "Spend A Buck" Race Worn Horseshoe

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Baccarat Crystal 1985 Jersey Derby Winner's Trophy (Spend A Buck)

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"Spend A Buck" 1985 Cherry Hill Mile Owner's Trophy

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