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Historic prize documents the very first Triple Crown!1919 Belmont Stakes Trophy Silver Tray Presented to Owner of Sir Barton. Horseracing fans around the globe were treated to a rare spectacle this year, as American Pharaoh became the first thoroughbred in thirty-seven years to win the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes to secure the fabled Triple Crown. The accomplishment placed American Pharaoh into an elite club of iconic equines including War Admiral, Count Fleet and Secretariat, one of just twelve horses assured sporting immortality through the series sweep.
It was a club founded in 1919, when Canadian industrialist, sportsman and philanthropist Commander John Kenneth Leveson Ross raced his Hall of Fame colt Sir Barton to victory in each of American horseracing's most celebrated events. Just three horses competed in the final leg of the trilogy at Belmont, which was then run at a distance of a mile and three-eighths. According to the chart, "Sir Barton, after beating the gate, indulged Natural Bridge with the lead over the Belmont course, then easily took the lead after entering the main course and, drawing away, was easing up at the end." The winning time of 2:17 2/5 was an American record.
Presented is one of the most significant artifacts from the Sport of Kings ever to surface on the hobby's auction block, a relic that came into the public consciousness earlier this year when Ross' great-granddaughter was filmed with the tray during a filming of popular PBS television program "Antiques Roadshow" in Spokane, Washington. Remarkably, that filming occurred on the very day that American Pharaoh won at Belmont.
The hefty sterling silver creation measures approximately 23x17" in size and is boldly engraved at center:
"The Belmont Stakes, 1919, Won by Sir Barton, 126 lbs., Commander J.K.L. Ross Owner, 1 3/8 Miles, Time 2:17 2/5, American Record."
General handling and storage wear is evident throughout, as is an expected degree of tarnishing, but a few very minor dents have little effect on aesthetics and do absolutely no harm to the singular historical relevance. Letter of provenance from great-granddaughter of Commander J.K.L. Ross.
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2017 June 29 Premium Sportscard Catalog Auction - Dallas