This wooden-backed grooming brush has the special distinction of being regularly used on racing champion and two-time Horse of the Year Cigar. The brush was obtained at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, where Cigar lived out his retirement following a stellar racing career that made him the sport's all-time leading earner.
The oval grooming brush bears both Cigar's name and testament to his distinguished stature as a racing superstar, with remnants of hair still embedded in its well-worn bristles. The brush was originally part of one of the largest racing memorabilia collections in the country and has been kept in protected storage for nearly two decades.
Cigar was one of the biggest horse racing stories of the 1990s. From November 1994 through July 1996, in his 4- ,5-, and 6-year-old racing seasons, Cigar won a remarkable 16 consecutive races, matching a record set by the great 1948 Triple Crown winner Citation. Cigar's immense popularity was witnessed coast to coast and even abroad and was propelled by victories in the prestigious NYRA Mile (now known as the Cigar Mile), Oaklawn Handicap, Donn Handicap, Gulfstream Park Handicap, Pimlico Special, Massachusetts Handicap, Hollywood Gold Cup, Woodward Stakes, Jockey Club Gold Cup, Breeders' Cup Classic, and even the inaugural Dubai World Cup. Cigar retired from racing with an amazing $9,999,815 in total winnings.