The Brock Talk

Monday, September 26, 2011

The Brock Sheridan Racing Memorabilia Dispersal

As all who have been married before have experienced and will tell you, “You are not just marrying BLANK, you’re marring all of his/her stuff too.”

After nine years of blissful wedlock, my wife and I are finally coming to terms with that advice. Between the two of us, we just have too much stuff. She has collections of Barbie dolls and I football, basketball and hockey cards. She has a collection of tea cups. I have too much racing memorabilia. I hope you’ve got the premise because it can go on for awhile before we even get to perfume bottles versus old daily programs from my days at tracks the likes of Pikes Peak Meadows and Playfair Race Course.

So this weekend my wife and I decided to open an account on eBay and get rid of some of our stuff. I work primarily from home, so we agreed that I would manage all of the registration and listing on eBay, photography of items, maintain the listings and hopefully, mail them off to their new homes. We started with a mink jacket that my wife once purchased for a wedding; and some of her Barbies.

Then I suddenly realized a conundrum. Although I am very secure in my sexualality, I did not want to answer a bunch of questions at my next high school reunion about why I was selling mink coats and Barbie dolls on eBay.

Hence the announcement of the Brock Sheridan Racing Memorabilia Dispersal on eBay.

In the name of crawling before I walk on eBay, I’ve decided to put up just one item today. Our research also says one should use social media and other communications to market, so I’ve decided to also let you know all about my first eBay item. Call this the Dispersal preview if you will.

It is a customed framed official program and finish line photo of the 1996 Pacific Classic (gr. 1) won by Dare and Go, stopping Cigar’s record winning streak even with the legendary Citation at 16 consecutive races.

After defeating Dramatic Gold in the 1996 Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. 1) to tie Citation’s consecutive winning streak at 16 races, Cigar pulled into Del Mar Race Course under full police escort. It was the sixth running of the Pacific Classic and the $1 million race had already become a major event for older horses on the West coast.
But the 1996 version of the Pacific Classic featured the superstar Cigar, trained by Bill Mott and ridden by Jerry Bailey, both now Hall of Fame members.

But the race was not to be the record-breaker for Cigar as he was caught in a rapid early pace with Dramatic Gold and Siphon, both solid graded stakes horses. After three quarters in 1:09-1/5, Siphon and Dramamatic Gold could not stay the course as Cigar pulled away at the top of the stretch. Then came Dare and Go and the wiley Alex Solis who had waited for the front runners to tire and they passed an exhausted Cigar to pull one of the greatest upsets in Thoroughbred racing.

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman said of Dare and Go “He will go down in history with names such as Upset and Dark Star."

This custom framed program page is 21” x 14” and includes the official program; autographed by all six participating jockeys including Jerry Bailey HOF, Alex Solis, Corey Nakatani, Brice Blanc, David Flores and Hall of Famer Eddie Delahoussaye HOF. The win photo by Jeff Coady, Coady Photography.

The bid price is $50. Buy it now for $75. Whata hear for this now!

Click hear to go directly to the item on eBay


suebroux said...

I can't believe you're selling that?!? An "I Love Lucy" Barbie doll?!? I would love to own one!

Alas, I can sympathize with your plight ... oh, wait, I mean my husband can sympathize. He swears I'm merely a decade away from being featured on the TV show, "Hoarders".

Good luck!

Unknown said...

Thanks Sue. I'm obviously not a big Barbie fan, but I have to admit that the "I Love Lucy" ones are kind of cool.