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FYI.....Upper Deck, the trading card company based in Carlsbad, CA, will be releasing a collectible set of these three horses next week to their collectors. The cards feature strands of hair from the mane of each horse (allegedly! ) and may be worth as much as $150-300 per card.
Does anyone have any special memories to share of any of the horses involved? I know Crazykid was a big admirer of Smarty and Alex, not sure about Funny Cide.
If anyone has any info to share, please consider putting it on this thread, or sending me a PM. I will be writing a blog about the cards and horses for Upper Deck's website, and would be happy to include any special achievements/anecdotes/memories that anyone is willing to share.
Oh, and Mary S, how about considering offering these items in your gift store?
For now, I remain,
Kevin "Free House" Carlin dba "Ogygian"
Anyone out there ever type up a response and had your finger on the send button
but thought better of it 'cause you just knew that if you did Our Ms. Mary would
come down on you with all her wrath and you'd be toast?
Well I just backed away from that one...
Yeah of course we can. Smarty was the first horse I was really rooting for all the way. He was exciting and we where all waiting for the first TC. Then came my favorite Alfeet Alex who came so close to winning the TC. How he stumbled at almost a full run and then picked himself back up to win is just Gods work. He was the poster child for the little girl . He was a brave soul of a horse. Unfortunately I did not get to see all that Funny Cide did but with replays made it easier. I was just getting in to the horse racing thing after Funny Cide. He also was a story and did well. Each are a hero in there own right. I love them all!
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Here is one story...
I'm watching the race in Atlantic City with one of my brothers and his wife. They had taken a bus trip to meet me in AC and we are at the Taj Mahal Casino. As the horses are on the track warming up, brother's wife says, "We have to leave and get the bus home." Brother tells her, "go and see if everyone is on the bus and I'll run be the last one on." Horses go in the gate, their at the 1/4 pole and wife runs up(we look at her) and she yells..."let's GO...the bus is going to leave without us." In that fraction of a second, everyone watching makes a huge gasp. We turn back to the tv monitor to see jockey Rose looking back and we are oblivious to what happened until others around us are saying "I can't believe the horse stumbled and still won."
in addition to being a Triple Crown contender, many forget that by winning the Kentucky Derby, Smarty Jones brought home the $5,000,000 (yes, count the zeroes) Centennial Bonus that Mr. Cella had posted commemorating Oaklawn’s 100th Anniversary ….
from Bloodhorse, January 2004:
Oaklawn Park will kick off its 100th season of racing Jan. 23 with expected full fields and enticements for on-track patrons. Following the delayed opening in 2003, more than 46,000 people attended opening weekend festivities, and wagering topped $17 million. To commemorate the track's 100th anniversary, many concessions prices will be rolled back to 1904 levels for opening weekend. On Jan. 23-25, hot dogs, ice cream, popcorn, and soft drinks will cost 10 cents, while corned beef sandwiches go for 50 cents. First post time for all three days will be 1 p.m. (CST). Long-range weather forecasts are for partly sunny skies with high temperatures in the mid-50s.
Last year, track owner Charles Cella announced Oaklawn would raise the purses of all three of its distance races for 3-year-olds and offer a bonus of $5 million for a horse sweeps the March 20 Rebel Stakes, April 10 Arkansas Derby (gr. II), and May 1 Kentucky Derby (gr. I). The lead-in stakes locally is the Feb. 28 Southwest Stakes….”
What do you all think of the idea that Upper Deck is trying to create a new product line with horse racing?
Bad idea? Or could it be that this creates a small but interesting niche to explore? What other collectibles are there in horse racing, besides halter/saddle cloths, old DRF's/programs/ $2 win tickets on famous races/horses?
What new HR collectible would you recommend to Upper Deck?
I remember how Jerry Bailey and Alex Solis sent their horses (Eddington and Rock Hard Ten) early after Smarty in the Belmont causing Stewart Elliott to
go too fast too early and have Birdstone catch him at the end thwarting his chance at Triple Crown greatness. I remember Jose Santos on Funny Cide
being accused of using an electrical device in the Derby by two Miami scribes who eventually recanted their stories.
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