A shoe worn by Secretariat during his victory in the Sept. 16, 1972 Futurity Stakes at Belmont Park is being auctioned on eBay to benefit the Secretariat Foundation.
According to the Foundation, the shoe is “a very important and historically piece as only a handful of authenticated Secretariat shoes have ever been made available for public auction.
Mounted on a wooden plaque, the shoe is being auctioned until Dec. 19. As of noon, Dec. 10, the high bid of $1,225 did not exceed the unlisted reserve price.
The shoe, taken from the left front foot, was mounted on the plaque by the late Jim Gaffney, Secretariat’s exercise rider.
“On the reverse of the plaque, the frame has the handwritten inscription documenting the mounting by Gaffney along with the individual identification numbers,” according to the description of the item.
“The plaque is hand-signed by the Meadow Racing Stable team of Gaffney, owner Penny Chenery, and Secretariat’s Hall of Fame winning jockey, Ron Turcotte. Gaffney mounted several of Secretariat’s shoes in this particular distinguishable manner, each with their own corresponding individual private code to ensure absolute authenticity. The shoe has been kept in protected storage in the possession of either Gaffney or the Secretariat historical archives until being consigned to this special eBay auction. The shoe is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity and the official winner’s circle photo from the race.”