For most people, it takes serious wealth and fast horse to earn a Triple Crown Trophy. Now you don’t even need a horse to own a piece of thoroughbred history.
In 1978 Affirmed became the 11th horse to win the Triple Crown of horse racing. Hall of Fame trainer Laz Barrera was awarded with a silver Cartier trophy for the incredible accomplishment. Another Triple Crown Trophy would not be distributed for 37 years. Now it’s on the open market for a half million dollars on eBay.
The coveted trophy was on the market in 2018, but did not sell at Heritage Sports Auction. The same trophy also made an appearance on History channel’s Pawn Stars. The owner would not drop from his asking price of $500,000 to $250,000. Without a done deal on Pawn Stars, the next logical step was to eBay.
A similar award was only passed out one more time. After American Pharoah’s win in 2015, NYRA commissioned a new trophy. The immaculate piece of hardware created by sculptor Roberto Santo was handed to Justify’s team after last year’s incredible run.
The creation of the new trophy means Affirmed’s award is only 12-of-a-kind. If you have $500,000 lying around, it might not be a bad investment. The only potential downside to the purchase: No free two-day shipping.