Beginning early in Secretariat's career even prior to his maiden race, Meadow Stable exercise rider Jim Gaffney began acquiring the future champion's worn nails and racing plates when he was regularly shod. Working in concert with groom Eddie Sweat and regular farrier George Collins, Gaffney developed a retrieval ritual of sorts, collecting the cast off items recovered during each shodding session.
The nails - each initially cataloged and officially documented were typically sealed inside individual envelopes or boxes containing Gaffney's meticulous handwritten notes documenting the shodding and collection dates. Obtained directly from Secretariat's race-worn shoes, these nails have been kept in protected storage since their acquisition.
The originality and scarcity of these authenticated nails provides any serious sports memorabilia collector an increasingly rare investment opportunity. An individual 1973 Belmont Stakes Nail recently brought a world record $28,000 at auction and Secretariat nails have been featured in numerous publications including the Antiques Roadshow official publication, "Insider."
All nails come with an accompanying cataloged Certificate of Authenticity and an official photograph from the corresponding race. Shipping of nails will include insurance.
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