Incredible horseshoe and 16-inch length of tail hair from Secretariat, obtained from Claiborne Farm in the summer of 1975
Two artifacts that were removed from the legendary Thoroughbred racehorse Secretariat: an incredible 16? length of chestnut hair cut from the skirt of Secretariat’s tail, and a beautiful 5? x 5? ‘hot forged’ Diamond horseshoe, both of which were obtained from Claiborne Farm near Paris, Kentucky, in the summer of 1975. Includes a vintage pennant for Secretariat, “Super Horse, 1973 Triple Crown Winner.” In overall fine condition.
Accompanied by three color photos of Secretariat taken at Claiborne Farm, and by a certificate of authenticity from the original recipient, who states that the three photos of Secretariat, which were “personally taken by me at Claiborne Farm, Kentucky,” date to the summer of 1975 and depict his wife, his seven-year-old daughter, and the farm’s trainer, the latter who “personally gave to my daughter the horseshoe (represented as one from Secretariat) as well as the tail hairs. My daughter, even at that age, loved horses and aspired to become a veterinarian (which she did). This undoubtedly was a factor in the trainer becoming enamored of my daughter and motivated the giving to her the treasured items…The photos have never been published and the originals remain in our family belongings.”
Auction Title: Remarkable Rarities
#669 - Ended September 23, 2023
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