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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Belated Gift Ideas on eBay

Seriously, you can find the coolest stuff on eBay! I don’t know if my friend Keith over at Triple Dead Heat is bidding, but there’s a neat triple dead heat win photo currently available, signed by the three winning jockeys. There is also an official program from the 1919 Melbourne Cup, and a 1960s board game called “Win, Place and Show.” How about the cigarette trading cards of race horses from 1907, or framed Derby winner’s circle photos of Genuine Risk or Winning Colors?

If you are looking for a belated Christmas gift for moi, I’d love to have this seller's track win photos from the 1930s, especially the one for the 1938 Baton Rogue Handicap at the Fair Grounds, won by Reaping. Talk about a piece of history! He was a son of Sickle, son of the great Phalaris and Lord Derby’s champion race mare Selene who won 16 of 22 starts and only finished out the money once. Prince of Wales Stakes winner Sickle came to the US in 1929; he sired Reaping in 1933. Reaping’s dam Duchess Lace was a daughter of Belmont Stakes runner-up Fair Play and the Rock Sand mare Dragnet—the exact same breeding cross that produced Man O’War! Wow! Reaping’s half-sister Valenciennes was champion handicap mare of 1931, and her line produced Interborough Handicap and Ashland Stakes winner Windy Miss, as well as G1 Santa Margarita Handicap winner Fascinating Girl and two-time Sovereign Award winner Financingavailable. Too cool!