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Kentucky Derby horseshoe worn by Secretariat sold for world-record amount.

Secretariat with Ron Turcotte up, won the 99th running of the  Kentucky Derby on May 5, 1973, two and half lengths in front of  Sham ridden by Laffit Pincay, Jr. Photo by E. Martin Jessee | Staff
Secretariat with Ron Turcotte up, won the 99th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 5, 1973, two and half lengths in front of Sham ridden by Laffit Pincay, Jr. Photo by E. Martin Jessee | Staff Lexington Herald-Leader

A horseshoe worn by Triple Crown-winning Secretariat during the 1973 Kentucky Derby sold for $80,736 in an online auction completed last week.

Eighteen bids were placed on Lelands.com for the horseshoe, which was worn by the famed horse when he ran the fastest Kentucky Derby on record at 1 minute, 59.4 seconds.

The final bid more than doubled the world record for a horseshoe auction, the Lelands president stated.

“We anticipated a high level of interest in Secretariat’s Derby shoe,” Mike Heffner, president of Lelands.com, said in a press release. “The previous world record of nearly $37,000 was set in an auction we conducted a few years ago. Given the provenance of this particular shoe and historical significance of the 1973 Kentucky Derby, we expected it to do well. However, watching it more than double the previous record was a wonderful surprise.”

Secretariat was the ninth Triple Crown winner in history and won 16 of his career 21 starts.

The horseshoe was presented by Secretariat trainer Lucien Laurin to the family of Secretariat’s owner Penny Chenery following the horse’s win in the Derby. For the past 45 years, the horseshoe has resided in protected storage within Chenery’s private Meadow Stable collection, the listing for the horseshoe stated.

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Penny Chenery and Secretariat at the Meadow Stable Barn at Belmont, 1973. Photo courtesy of Secretariat.com and NYRA

Lelands will auction off a personal collection of Chenery’s in the next few weeks, it stated. Chenery died last year; she was 95

Also up for bidding through the Secretariat Summer Auction is Chenery’s personal 2017 Derby clubhouse box seat ticket and her family’s 1973 Derby memorabilia. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Secretariat Foundation, which was created by Chenery to assist the Thoroughbred industry in research, rehabilitation, retirement and recognition.

At the celebration of life ceremony for Penny Chenery, owner of Triple Crown winner Secretariat, friends and family of Chenery spoke about the life of the horse racing pioneer.

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