Julia Thorne & Joshua H Marks
Julia’s art collection
Triple Crown trophy 1945
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1945 Stakes Jockey Club Trophy
This sterling silver tray was presented on New Years Day at the 1945 Stakes Jockey Club, Mexicano and was inevitably the last horse racing trophy that legend Don Meade would ever win. “Hyhustle” won two of the three triple crown events that year, before being disqualified and crippling, if not destroying Don’s racing career.
A Triple crown race can only be run by a 3 year old horse, making a win in such an event, one of the highest and recommendable achievements in horse lifetime. This race was held at Hipodromo De Las Americas, which is located west of Mexico City. It was owner of “Hyhustle” John Sullivan, that sparked Joshua’s inevitable interest with horse racing. He had previously worked closely with Gordon Kaufmann to design and building the Santa Anita racetrack in Southern California.
Reciprocity and Don Meade (below):
The current situation is light years away from where it stood in the middle of the 20th century. The most intriguing case is that of jockey Don Meade. Don Meade was a tremendously talented jockey in the 1930’s and 1940’s. He was the leading jockey in the nation in 1939 and 1941. He was regarded at that time as being in the same class of top jockeys with Eddie Arcaro, Ted Atkinson, and Johnny Longden. “He was heralded as being one of racing’s all time great jockeys.” Unfortunately, Meade consistently had a problem with racing officials. He often was suspended. (It’s perhaps fitting to view him as a mid century version of, Manuel Ycaza, Walter Case, and John Rocker.)