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Owned by Merv Griffin, Stevie Wonderboy ran only six times in his career, so it's very likely these two embroidered cloths are the only ones surviving. They represent the signature triumph of his career. Because of the high-profile status of the Breeders' Cup, much like the Kentucky Derby, separate saddle cloths are manufactured for both exercise and the actual race. This is a service to the media, primarily, so they can distinguish when a horse is actually working. Owning both of these is quite the rarity. Stevie Wonderboy captured the race and was named Eclipse Champion Two-Year-Old Colt for 2005. The following year, he was being touted as a potential Triple Crown champion, but a hairline fracture to his ankle triggered an early retirement. One of the cloths has dirt stains. Stevie Wonderboy's breeding line includes such notable horses as Secretariat, Seattle Slew, Bold Ruler and Northern Dancer.
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