This sterling silver bowl trophy was presented to the multiple stakes winning filly (and subsequent blue hen broodmare) Gay Matelda in the Nov. 11, 1968 Jersey Belle Stakes at Garden State Park. Sired by Secretariat's distinguished half-brother and premier stallion Sir Gaylord and out of the noted dam Hasty Matelda, Gay Matelda was one of the Meadow's most accomplished fillies competing against the best of her generation.
As a juvenile in 1967, Gay Matelda won the National Stallion Stakes and rich Gardenia Stakes. Sandwiched in between those victories, she ran either second or third behind champion Queen of the Stage in the Astoria, Sorority, Spinaway, Matron, and Frizette Stakes. However, in their final meeting of the year in the 1 1/16 mile Selima Stakes, Gay Matelda turned the tables on her rival, out-finishing Queen of the Stage by 15 lengths only to place behind her own Meadow Stable barnmate Syrian Sea. That name may sound familiar to Secretariat fans as Syrian Sea was sired by Bold Ruler and her dam was Somethingroyal - thereby making her the full sister to Big Red himself!
As a 3-year-old in 1968, Gay Matelda continued her success winning the prestigious Alabama Stakes at Saratoga and the Princeton Handicap while also finishing in the money in the Acorn, Coaching Club American Oaks, Gazelle and Comely Stakes. The Jersey Belle marked her final stakes win in a glorious career that totaled 9 wins, 11 seconds, and 7 thirds in 37 starts with career earnings of $409,945 - a whopping sum for the era. Following her racing days, Gay Matelda returned to Virginia to become one of the Meadow's famed blue hen broodmares producing eight winners from eight runners including the internationally stakes-winning turf filly Reine Matilde.
The large sterling silver bowl with scalloped rim and grooved sides was presented to the Meadow Stable from Garden State Park in New Jersey. The trophy contains the hand-engraved winner's name and pedigree as well as the conditions of the race. It was created by the Poole Silver Co. of Massachussets, with corresponding stamped silver hallmark located on base. This historic piece emanates from the Chenery estate and has been documented and catalogued in the Meadow Archives. Measures 6" tall and 10" in diameter in excellent condition.
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