Secretariat-worn horseshoes are considered by many to be the holy grail in the Thoroughbred racing memorabilia community. We are delighted to make this most impressive piece available to racing fans and collectors alike.
Perhaps the most famous horse of all time, Secretariat burst upon the racing scene in 1972 en route to becoming the Horse of the Year. But it was the 1973 Triple Crown races and the manner in which he won them that made Secretariat a household name on the road to sports immortality. Secretariat won the Kentucky Derby setting a new track record, which still stands today with a final time of 1:59 2/5 for the 1 1/4 mile race. He followed this with another record-breaking performance in the Preakness. But it was the Belmont Stakes and his amazing 31-length margin of victory in the world record time of 2:24 for a 1 1/2 mile that made the horse a legend. Secretariat won many additional major stakes on dirt and turf, such as the Man O' War, Canadian International, Arlington Invitational, Gotham, Bay Shore, Garden State, Laurel Futurity, Belmont Futurity, Hopeful and Sanford Stakes. His career earnings of $1,316,808 are impressive in any era but especially so in the early ‘70s prior to the advent of modern day racing's rich purses. As a stallion, Secretariat sired 57 stakes winners including champions Risen Star and Horse of the Year Lady's Secret. His impact is still prevalent in today's Thoroughbred industry predominantly as the broodmare sire of A.P. Indy and Storm Cat who represent the cream of the Thoroughbred breeding industry today.
The Secretariat shoe emanates from his days standing stud at the famed Claiborne Farm in Paris, Kentucky. The shoe rests on a tooled solid walnut wood plaque with corresponding solid brass nameplate. A similar shoe with the nearly identical wooden plaque mounting was auctioned from the Secretariat Archives.