This is it... the chance to own a piece of American sports history. This is one of the few documented Secretariat race-worn shoes with an unquestionable provenance from the archives of Penny Chenery and the Meadow Stable team. Auction ends December 19th.
Secretariat.com, the official website of Secretariat, is proud to offer for auction one of the original shoes worn by Secretariat in the Belmont Futurity Stakes September 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.
Working in concert with groom Eddie Sweat and regular Meadow Stable farrier George Collins, Gaffney collected many of Secretariat's racing plates, meticulously cataloguing each as the colt was routinely shod. The Futurity shoe was obtained on October 8, 1972, when Secretariat was re-shod after winning the Belmont Futurity (often called the New York Futurity at that time) in preparation for his following race, the Champagne Stakes. The Futurity was Secretariat's third stakes victory but equally important, it was his first start at Belmont Park and a prelude to his record-breaking performance there nine months later in the 1973 Belmont Stakes to sweep thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown.
Secretariat's 1 3/4 length victory in the Belmont Futurity was his fifth career win and a significant component in the body of achievements marking his juvenile season. The accomplishments from that extraordinary campaign ultimately earned him the title and award of 1972 Horse of the Year, an unprecedented feat for a 2-year-old.
The left front Futurity 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. 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. The shoe has been kept in protected storage in the possession of either Mr. Gaffney or the Secretariat historical archives until being consigned to this special eBay auction. The shoe is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity and the official winner's circle photo from the race.
Perhaps the most famous horse of all time, Secretariat burst upon the racing scene in 1972 and in 1973 became a household name on the road to sports immortality when he won the coveted Triple Crown in unprecedented fashion. Secretariat won the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs setting a new track record with a final time of 1:59 2/5 for the 1 1/4 mile race which still stands today. He followed this with another record-breaking performance in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico. But it was the Belmont Stakes and his amazing 31-length margin of victory in the world record time of 2:24 for the grueling 1 1/2 mile race that the horse became legend. Secretariat won many additional major stakes on dirt and turf, such as the Man O' War, Canadian International, Arlington Invitational, Gotham, Bay Shore, Garden State, Laurel Futurity, Belmont Futurity, Hopeful and Sanford Stakes. His career earnings of $1,316,808 are impressive in any era, but especially so in the early 70's prior to the advent of modern day racing's rich purses. As a stallion Secretariat sired 57 stakes winners including champions Risen Star and Horse of the Year Lady's Secret. As the broodmare sire of the popular stallions, A.P. Indy and Storm Cat - two successful grandsons that represent the cream of today's breeding industry today, his enduring legacy continues to make an impact upon the sport.
Please note this rare offering of original Meadow memorabilia is our first auction in several years and only our sixth eBay auction ever. Proceeds from the sale of the shoe will help benefit Mrs. Chenery's Secretariat Foundation. A very significant and historically important piece as only a handful of authenticated Secretariat shoes have ever been made available for public auction.
Auction ends December 19th at 9:00 pm EST.
|Belmont Futurity - September 16, 1972|