I can add nothing to this press release.
With that spiritual intrigue out on the proverbial table, I present…the press release, from Secretariat.com:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: (502) 473-1036
PREAKNESS GARLAND AVAILABLE IN SPECIAL OFFERING
Collector’s Piece is a One-of-a-Kind Artifact
LOUISVILLE, KY– (July 18, 2016)
– In a recent episode of the Smithsonian Channel’s Sports Detectives,
investigators followed a trail leading to the long-lost 1A saddlecloth
Secretariat wore in the 1973 Kentucky Derby. Following this development in that
43-year-old mystery is news that the 1973 Preakness Stakes garland, an original
artifact from the Secretariat archives, will be available for sale to benefit
the equine charity R.A.C.E. Fund.
provenance for the 1973 Preakness garland, originally lush with traditional
black-eyed susans, originates from the private collection of Secretariat’s
owner, Mrs. Penny Chenery, and is verified to be the actual garland that
adorned Secretariat in the winner’s circle following his
historic win at Pimlico, the second stop on his way to a legendary Triple Crown
championship. While Secretariat’s commanding two-and-a-half length victory was
historical fact, the official time for the race was
scrutinized for almost four decades. The Maryland Racing Commission finally
settled the issue in 2012 determining that Secretariat’s final time was a
record 1:53 flat. The ruling corrected history and officially underscored what
many already knew — that the champion Thoroughbred had set records in all three
Triple Crown races, records that still stand today.
up to its sale, the garland will be on pubic display at the Sept. 16-18
Secretariat Festival in Paris, Ky., and other still-to-be determined locations.
In the meantime, inquiries for a private sale will be accepted, and the
possibility of a public auction is being explored for
this important piece of memorabilia. While the market ultimately will determine
the value of the garland, notable, authentic Secretariat artifacts have continually garnered significant
interest and premiums in the sporting memorabilia community. Recently an
original race-worn shoe sold for more than $35,000 and the value of the missing
1A Kentucky Derby saddlecloth was estimated to be $250,000 by Sports
Illustrated in 2005.
“The garland carries with it so many memories of that special
day at Pimlico,” said Mrs. Chenery. “My hope is that this unassuming piece of
racing history will make a mark on the sport’s present and better the future
for its horses. The R.A.C.E. Fund offers exceptional work, and I am confident
that the proceeds from the garland’s sale will help with the efforts of this
most worthy organization and benefit the horses they serve.”
Fund, the TAA-accredited charity that helps racehorses in need of retirement
and rescue from slaughter, will receive proceeds from the sale of Secretariat’s
“We are so incredibly honored
to be a part of the garland that graced the shoulders of one of the greatest
Thoroughbreds of all time,” said R.A.C.E. Fund President Marlene Murray.
“Secretariat’s victory in the Preakness so many years ago will still benefit
Thoroughbreds today as it will enable our organization to continue our mission
of helping horses. We are very grateful to Mrs. Chenery and the immortal
inquire about the sale of the garland, email firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about the Secretariat Foundation
can be found at Secretariat.com, the official website for the legendary
racing’s past to enrich its future, Secretariat.com is a comprehensive
online source for historical information, photography, merchandise, and
memorabilia chronicling the enduring legacy of the 1973 Triple Crown winner.
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