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It has been a very active time in the saddle cloth market during the past month or so. In the Christmas season, we saw more saddle cloths listed on Ebay than at any time in the recent past. Additionally, prices seem to have recovered a bit not anywhere near past highs but at least some respectable showings with an occasional unexplained clunker.
For me, the most surprising high auction price realized was for the orginal saddle cloth intended to be worn by the fantastic filly Silverbulletday in the 1999 Preakness. She scratched from the race due to the post position and raced in the Black Eyed Susan instead. Her Preakness Saddle Cloth realized $430 a full $100 more than her actual RACEWORN Del Mar Debutante Cloth.
We all know and recognize that Triple Crown Saddle Cloths command a premium, but this is the first time in a long time that I can recall a scratch saddle cloth bringing more than $150. It does speak to the quality of the filly and the race, but leaves me wondering that if this cloth is “worth” $430, then the buyer of the Del Mar Debutante cloth got an absolute steal as I’d now recalibrate its theoretical “worth” at $650 $750.
It’s time for the Thanksgiving reflection list.
I am thankful for (in ascending order):
1) Breeders’ Cup Exercise and Raceworn Saddle Cloths finally selling for an almost decent price on Ebay
2) All of the cheers that Lava Man and Evening Attire brought to the track during their careers and wish them the happiest of retirements
3) Winning my first handicapping contest
4) My family
What I would also like to be thankful for in 2009:
1) Ebay having a change of heart to its ridiculous positions of not being able to leave negative feedback to buyers and for making it impossible for bidders to learn the high bidder of particular auctions.
In this era where saddle cloth sales prices realized are extraordinarily low, one Ebay seller has listed Colonel John’s 2007 Cashcall Futurity Saddle Cloth with a Buy It Now price of $1,000.00. Perhaps in several months, after Congress passes a bailout bill that may produce 1920’s German style hyperinflation, a price of $1,000.00 will make some rational sense. But until then, the Santa Anita Derby Travers double winner is surely not worth $1,000.00. Maybe if he wins the Breeders’ Cup Classic over the likes of Big Brown and Curlin, then his cloth would be worth $500 on a good day. Fortunately, this audacious seller has the good sense to employ the “Make an Offer” feature. Methinks he won’t be seeing $1,000.00 anytime soon.
The saddle cloth market doldrums appeared to be working their way out of the Ebay system as some cloths have recently exceeded at least my objective expectations.
Cacique Breeders’ Cup Turf Set sold for $514 (two auctions aggregated)
Siphon Pacific Classic Cloth sold for $650
Divine Park Malibu Stakes Cloth sold for $360
But for each step forward there were two steps back:
Lion Tamer Winning Grade 1 Cigar Mile Cloth sold for $270.00
Stephen Got Even Preakness Saddle Cloth sold for $425.
Conservatively, I’d estimate the Lion Tamer Cloth as being worth $500 $650 and Stephen Got Even as between $650 $900. It’ll be interesting to see where the market goes between now and the Breeders’ Cup.
The last blog entry covered an auction for a “Holy Grail” type item Citation’s winning Kentucky Derby horseshoe which had strong provenance. The item sold for a bit more than $5,000.00. Currently, on Ebay, a pair of stallion shoes with strong provenance worn by Secretariat is at $5,000.00 with 2 days to go.
I guess that a case can be made that if the auction ended today at that level, a Secretariat shoe for $2,500 may be a reasonable price; but I find it hard to believe that when stacking the items against each other that any one would say that a stallion shoe compares in significance to a Triple Crown winner’s race worn Kentucky Derby horseshoe.
This auction is further testament to the hold that Secretariat has on the public imagination especially considering that Citation’s race record (not times and track records) as a 3 year old clearly eclipses that of Secretariat.
Any memorabilia collector would love one of the great items that has been on Ebay for nearly a full week at a first bid of $4,999.00 the race worn horseshoe ashtray in Sterling Silver of the great Citation when he won the 1948 Kentucky Derby on the way to winning the Triple Crown and 16 races in a row. This may be the greatest item to appear on Ebay that is related to horse racing memorabilia. One of Affirmed’s Kentucky Derby and Preakness worn horseshoes with provenance appeared on Ebay several years ago, but Citation is consistently ranked behind Man O’War and Secretariat as the greatest horse in history. Any one have another contender that can outrank this item?
One of the primary features of the Horse Racing Memorabilia web site is the ability for exclusive purchasing opportunities. Our traditional classified sellers have been Ebay dealers who have graciously offered special, limited time, discount opportunities to make purchases of material prior to an Ebay listing. We are very grateful to these sellers for their support.