Jan 20th 2012 12:15 pm |
I’m not much of a memorabilia collector but one thing that I am a sucker for are old racing publications. I have in my office an ever growing stack of the Thoroughbred Record, Bloodhorse, and the National Turf and Sport Digest.
Sometimes, when I’m searching for something to write about, I’ll pull out an old magazine and begin thumbing through its pages. The interesting articles are plenty but one aspect of old publications that draws my attention are the advertisements. Over the weekend, I was paging through an issue of the Thoroughbred Record from January 1968 and found myself particularly drawn to the diversity of ads from well known race tracks and legendary breeding operations as well as Hall of Fame trainers touting now forgotten products.
Below are ten advertisements that I found especially interesting and thought I’d share here at Colin’s Ghost this week…enjoy!
Bold Ruler in an ad for Claiborne Farms - one of America's greatest sires was at the height of his stallion career in 1968. Bold Ruler would sire Secretariat in 1970 and die of cancer one year later in 1971.
Spendthrift Farm sire Raise a Native whose progeny included Majestic Prince, Alydar, and Mr. Prosepctor. His son Elusive Native sired Affirmed and Genuine Risk.
An ad for 1968 first year sire Poker - the regally bred son of Round Table is seen here beating turf champ Assagi and future Hall of Famer Buckpasser in the 1967 Bowling Green Handicap
The Meadow...the Virginia-based breeding operation immortalized by a colt named Secretariat
An ad for Gulfstream Park featuring 44 days of racing and a total stakes purse of $475,000 in 1968
Two of the biggest races on the 1968 stakes schedule at Monmouth Park were the Sorority and the Sapling for two-year-olds
Garden State Park in New Jersey featured the Jersey Derby in their ad for 1968 - the once important race has been relegated to a listed stake currently run at Monmouth Park
The Keeneland ad for the racing meet and sales (not surprisingly) keeps it simple
Pimlico Race Course advertising a few long forgotten stakes races
John Nerud with his greatest horse Dr. Fager in an ad for Jockey Oats
Hall of Fame trainer Charlie Whittingham touting a product called Absorbine
Thanks for reading and good luck!
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