The perfect time to celebrate the greatest performance in thoroughbred racing history. Secretariat.com is proud to offer an original horseshoe nail from Secretariat's 1973 Belmont Stakes victory documented with an impeccable provenance. This is only the second memorabilia item ever to be offered on ebay by Secretariat.com - the first being the original blanket from Secretariat's last race, offered and sold in November 2003 for $21,600!
The Belmont nail, titled #sec060973f, was acquired by Jim Gaffney. Mr. Gaffney was the exercise rider for the heralded Meadow Stable and was intimately involved with the day-to-day activities of Secretariat in 1972-1973. His experiences with Secretariat are chronicled and verified in William Nack’s book, “Secretariat, The Making of A Champion”, published in 1975 (chapter 10, beginning page 73), as well as Raymond Woolfe’s book, “SECRETARIAT”, published in 1974. Mr. Gaffney, along with groom Eddie Sweat, held Secretariat whenever he was shod and began acquiring the shoes and nails of the great champion from his maiden race forward.
The featured nail was obtained on June 26, 1973, when Secretariat was re-shod, seventeen days after winning the Belmont Stakes by 31 lengths, setting a new and still existing world record for 1 1/2 miles on dirt to complete his Triple Crown sweep. The performance was perhaps the most defining race in Secretariat’s career, and considered one of the top ten sporting achievements of the 20th century (Sports Illustrated, 2004).
Nail #sec060973f, one of only a handful to exist -each individually cataloged and officially documented, measures 1.13" and was initially sealed inside a brown envelope residing within the original shoe box (additional images shown with the original 1973 hand written notes from Mr. Gaffney documenting the shodding and acquisition date) from the Victory Racing Plate shoe company which supplied a variety of Secretariat’s shoes throughout his career. The nail has been kept in protected storage in the continued possession of either Mr. Gaffney or Secretariat’s owner, Penny Chenery since its acquisition.
The rarity and uniqueness of the nail makes this a wonderful investment opportunity for any serious sports memorabilia collector. Another nail from this same Belmont Stakes nail group was auctioned to the tune of $7500 and was recently featured in the May 2006 issue of the Antiques Roadshow official publication, "Insider". This select collection of authenticated Secretariat nails most certainly will be considered a historically significant, supported by the fact that the set of corresponding shoes in which the nails resided are currently in the collection of the National Museum of Racing in Saratoga Springs, New York.
The nail comes with an accompanying cataloged Certificate of Authenticity signed by both Penny Chenery and Jim Gaffney and an autographed photograph of the race from Jockey Ron Turcotte. Satisfaction guaranteed, bid with confidence! Auction closes Sunday, June 11 at 8:00pm EST.
NOTE: THE 1973 BELMONT STAKES NAIL SOLD FOR AN AMAZING $6100. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED!
|Original Boxtop with Documentation|
|Original Envelope with Documentation|
|Certificate of Authenticity|