Ten Most Wanted Belmont Stakes Stall Barrier
A very unusual and one-of-a-kid item for horse racing memorabilia collectors. This is an original 2003 Belmont Stakes stall barrier for Ten Most Wanted, in use during the 135th running of Thoroughbred racing's third jewel in the Triple Crown. Each contender in the storied race who was stabled in the Belmont Park barn area was provided a custom stall barrier gate, sometimes known as stall webbing or a stall guard, which served as a temporary gate in the stall doorway to keep the horse safe and also to allow covering members of the racing media to immediately recognize the race entrants, Ten Most Wanted's stall guard is made of heavy duty padded rubber and features his name for the race amidst the 2003 Belmont Stake logo. It measures approximately 15” x 36” with the original chain latch hardware still attached.Ten Most Wanted was a most accomplished member of his racing class and an accomplished contender during the 2003 Triple Crown racing season and beyond. In April of that year, the eye-catching bay colt owned by J. Paul Reddam and trained by Wally Dollase, captured the Illinois Derby in April before participating in the Kentucky Derby on the First Saturday of May. Unfortunately, luck was not on his side when he stumbled during the race finishing ninth behind the popular winner Funny Cide. He then skipped the Preakness, which Funny Cide also won, to regroup and targeted the June 7 Belmont Stakes for his next start.In the Belmont Stakes, Ten Most Wanted ran a most impressive race only to finish second to the talented runner (and future stallion) Empire Maker, finally besting Funny Cide (who finished 4 3/4 lengths behind him in third). In his next two starts, Ten Most Wanted went on to win the prestigious Travers Stakes and Super Derby and finished his career with earnings of nearly $1.8 million. A wonderful opportunity to acquire a very unique piece of racing equipment.
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