This very special 14k gold pendant was hand-cast from an actual nail from one of the shoes worn by Secretariat in the June 5, 1973 Belmont Stakes. The striking piece was individually cast in solid gold from the original authenticated nail catalogued within the Secretariat Archives as part of a prototype test run produced in the precious metal.
The original preserved nail was initially obtained and individually catalogued by Meadow Stable exercise rider Jimmy Gaffney when the champion was re-shod two weeks after the Belmont and his record-breaking 31-length victory becoming Thoroughbred racing's 9th Triple Crown winner. The nail bears the starburst pattern familiar to seasoned farriers and horsemen and exhibits the unique marks and distinctive wear pattern incurred from Secretariat's historical run in the "Test of the Champion" run. The slender golden nail measures just over 1.15" in length and is subtly displays upon a delicate 14k chain.
While an original race-worn Belmont nail recently sold for $26,000, the golden nail pendant being auctioned offers Secretariat collectors and racing fans alike a more fashionably elegant, yet no less unique, opportunity to pay tribute to Big Red.
Auction ends tonght at 8:00 p.m. EST
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