Horse Racing Gems Among Vintage Sports Memorabilia, Pop Culture Auction

Pop Culture
American Pharoah halter, 2015 Preakness and Belmont Stakes trumpet, and Seabiscuit horseshoe ashtray. (

Horseshoes worn by several of racing’s biggest stars, the trumpet that called the horses to post in the 2015 Belmont Stakes, halters worn by American Pharoah and Zenyatta, and many other historic horse racing items are among the spectacular sports memorabilia being offered as part of the The Greatest Auction, which closes Oct. 28, 2016.

The auction also features multiple items from the life and career of the late boxing icon Muhammad Ali, including his 1972 passport; Pete Rose’s 1963 National League Rookie of the Year Award; and the jersey worn by New York Mets manager Gil Hodges in the 1969 National League pennant-clinching game.

A unique item sure to pique the interest of fans of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is the trumpet used by Sam the Bugler to call American Pharoah to the post for both the 2015 Preakness and Belmont Stakes.

Halters worn by American Pharoah and 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta also are available to the highest bidder, as are several horseshoes worn by racing stars such as 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat and 1969 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Majestic Prince.

Secretariat horseshoe. (

The Secretariat horseshoe is from the collection of Meadow Stable exercise rider Jim Gaffney and is one of the few authenticated Secretariat-worn horseshoes. The Majestic Prince item is a full set of four horseshoes worn during his victory in the 1969 San Vicente Stakes.

Other items include a race-worn Seabiscuit horseshoe turned into an ashtray as a gift by his owner Charles S. Howard and engraved: “John T-Fitzgerald From C.S. Howard, 1937”; a mounted horseshoe worn by Decidedly when winning the 1962 Kentucky Derby; the 1963 Withers Stakes trophy, by Cartier; horse racing letters from the archive of Gen. William Temple Withers; and a program from the 1930 Travers Stakes, which was won by Jim Dandy over Triple Crown winner Gallant Fox in one of the most famous upsets in horse racing history.

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