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1926 Earl Sande (Hall of Fame Jockey) Signed Photo
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $840
Studio photo of Hall of Fame Jockey Earl Sande (1898-1968) dressed in striped racing silks, beautifully inscribed along the base in black fountain pen: "With/Best Wishes/To/May/Earl Sande." Both the text and signature are boldly scripted and grade "9." The photographer's credit, "Bachrach," and the date, "26," are written in black in in the lower right corner. A "Bachrach Portraits" label also appears on the reverse. Sande's signature in any form is rare. This is the first Earl Sande signed photo we have ever handled and we cannot recall having seen any other examples of his signature at auction, which is surprising given his fame and popularity. Sande, who was immortalized in a number of poems by Damon Runyan, was the most successful jockey of the "Roaring Twenties" and the leading money-winner among jockeys in the years 1921, 1923, and 1927. In 1923 alone he won thirty-nine stakes races, including ten aboard eventual Horse of the Year winner Zev. His most memorable wins came in 1930, when he piloted Gallant Fox to the Triple Crown with victories in the Preakness Stakes, Kentucky Derby, and Belmont Stakes. Included among Sande's 968 career wins are three Kentucky Derbys, five Belmont Stakes, four Jockey Club Gold Cups, and one Preakness Stakes. After retiring from riding in 1932 he became one of the nation's top trainers and in the 1940s owned and operated his own stables. In 1955 Sande received his highest honor by being inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. The photo (8.25 x 11 inches) is lightly toned and displays a slightly lighter shade of color along the border areas from having previously been mounted. A tiny chip is evident on the top border. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $840
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