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Five Trophies Stolen From Racing Hall of Fame

Stolen trophies from the Racing Hall of Fame

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Five trophies that were on display at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame were stolen during a smash-and-grab burglary late Thursday night. The Saratoga Springs Police Department is investigating the crime.

The trophies stolen are:

• 1903 Belmont Stakes Trophy, won by Africander

• 1903 Brighton Cup Trophy, won by Hermis

• 1905 Saratoga Special Trophy, won by Mohawk II

• 1914 Brook Cup Handicap Steeplechase Trophy, won by Compliment

• 1923 Grand National Steeplechase Trophy, won by Sergeant Murphy

“These trophies are irreplaceable. We are saddened by this unfortunate event and hopeful that the investigation leads to the apprehension of the individual or individuals who committed this crime and the return of the trophies,” said Christopher Dragone, Director of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Saratoga Springs Police Department at (518) 584-1800. Please direct any inquiries about the investigation to Saratoga Springs Police Department Investigations Lieutenant John Catone.

The Museum will be closed until Sept. 19.

Photos of the trophies:


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I'll bet they were stolen by Oceans 11.....or 12......or 13. LOL.
I think that the people who planned the harness racing museum heist of trophies last year did this one at the Hall of Fame as the harness museum is in Goshen NY. If there are surveillance cameras, I think you will find the same people went to both museums just before the break in. Many art theives go to the museum before they steal the paintings to see the alarms etc. from my memory, people are allowed to wander all over the museum with no escort, which is foolish in this day and age.
I personally don't believe these will be melted down. The amount they are insured for would clearly surpass what they would fetch melted down and the insurance amount becomes the value of the item on the black market with an obvious deduction for the inability to openly transfer it at auction. I've seen stolen paintings and artifacts from museums turn up in large drug busts and gun running operations etc.
One of two things happens to items like this, they are either melted down or are sold like famous stolen paintings underground to private collectors.
NO ONE can fence these....If they are not found quickly they will become really LIQUID assets.
I'm surprised that they didn't do more to secure their trophies after the break in last year at the harness racing Museum where many sold gold etc. trophies were stolen.
This sounds like a job for Eric Guilliot, He seems to know everything there is to know about the Pulse of the racing happenings.

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