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Rare 1940s bi-level thoroughbred racehorse “Odds On” gambling top: Man-o-War, Zev, and these rare horse names: Whirlaway, Citation, Stymie, and Assault.
DESCRIPTION: I am pleased to be offering something that is rarely seen: a 1940s bi-level “Odds On” gambling top. If you collect these tops, please look at the ones you own, particularly the horse names. I bet they don’t include the names of these “rare” horses, which are on the top offered in this auction: Whirlaway, Citation, Stymie, and Assault. Any serious collector will jump at the opportunity to get an “Odds On” top from the 1940s to go with his 1921 “Odds On” tops.
The common type of “Odds On” tops was made in 1921, names horses of that date or earlier, and has brass lower levels and brass or iron upper odds levels. This common type of top comes in three sets of horse names:
¶ Grey Lag, Colin, Man-o-War, Morvich, Zev and Spark Plug.
¶ Lucky Hour, Bunting, Colin, Man-o-War, Morvich and Pillory.
¶ Yutoi, Envoy, Harrier, Scamp, Sicyon and Golden Corn.
The rare type of “Odds On” top, which is being sold here, was made about the late 1940s, names horses active up to that period, and is made of 100% aluminum, 1-1/4” high. The six horse names on this top are:
¶ Man-o-War, Zev, Whirlaway, Citation, Stymie, and Assault.
(The betting odds (upper level) spin and change each time the top is used. The betting odds are: 2-1, 8-1, 6-1, 4-1, DISQ (for Disqualified), and 5-1. The House Advantage (vig) is 16.67%. Contact me if you wish to see the rules and how the vig is calculated.)
All these tops came in "Odds On" store displays.
These are the great horses listed on the six sides of the top (history from Wikipedia) (The horses became famous during the approximately 2nd to 4th years of their lives, the racing years.):
¶ Citation — (April 11, 1945 – August 8, 1970) was the eighth American Triple Crown winner, and one of three major North American Thoroughbreds (along with Zenyatta and Cigar) to win at least 16 consecutive races in major stakes race competition. He was the first horse in history to win one million dollars. — raced 1947-51.
¶ Assault — (March 26, 1943 – September 2, 1971) was an American Hall of Fame Thoroughbred racehorse who won the U.S. Triple Crown in 1946 …. Assault raced 42 times, with 18 victories (15 in stakes races), 6 second-place finishes, and 7 third-place finishes. He earned $675,470. In 1946, he was voted Horse of the Year, the most prestigious honor in American thoroughbred racing, and won Champion 3-Year-Old honors. In the Horse of the Year poll, conducted by Turf and Sport Digest magazine, Assault received 110 voted to win the title from Armed, who received 37. … raced 1945-47.
¶ Zev — (1920-1943) was an American thoroughbred horse racing Champion and National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame inductee. …. Bred by the famous horseman John E. Madden, Zev was owned by the Rancocas Stable of Harry F. Sinclair, the founder of Sinclair Oil, who was a central figure in the Teapot Dome scandal and served time in prison. Sinclair named the horse in honor of his friend and personal lawyer, Colonel James William (also known as J.W.) Zevely. …in 1923. Zev encountered problems in the Preakness and finished 12th but came back to win the Derby and then the Belmont Stakes.Zev retired as racing's all-time leading money earner, surpassing Man o' War's record….. raced 1922-1924.
¶ Whirlaway — (April 2, 1938 - April 6, 1953) was an American champion thoroughbred racehorse. Whirlaway won the U.S. Triple Crown in 1941. He was voted the American Champion Two-Year-Old Colt in 1940 by Turf & Sports Digest magazine. …. Trained by Ben A. Jones and ridden by Arcaro, Whirlaway won the U.S. Triple Crown in 1941. He also won the Lawrence Realization Stakes and the Travers Stakes that year; Whirlaway is the only horse ever to win both the Triple Crown and the Travers. He was voted the Horse of the Year in 1941, beating Alsab by 96 votes to 91 in a poll conducted by the Turf and Sport Digest magazine. A year later, Whirlaway repeated his win in the poll, beating Alsab with 76 votes to his rival's 45. …Whirlaway was elected to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1959. In The Blood-Horse magazine's ranking of the top 100 U.S. thoroughbred champions of the 20th century, he was No. 26. Whirlaway has a race named in his honor at Saratoga Race Course.. raced 1940-c. 1943.
¶ Man-o-War — (Lexington, Kentucky, March 29, 1917 – Faraway Farm, November 1, 1947) is considered one of the greatest Thoroughbred racehorses of all time. During his career just after World War I, he won 20 of 21 races and $249,465 in purses…Man o' War was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1957. Soon after, the Man o' War Stakes was created in his honor. In the Blood-Horse magazine ranking of the top 100 U.S. Thoroughbred champions of the 20th Century, Man o' War was ranked No. 1. He was also ranked No. 1 by the Associated Press as the greatest horse of the 20th century in a separate poll. He was also ranked No. 1 greatest horse in racing history by Sports Illustrated (panel of 7) in 1992.… .,… raced 1919-20.
¶ Stymie — (April 4, 1941 - 1962) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse, a true late-bloomer!. At age two, Stymie lost every race he ran in except one. He also placed in the Ardsley Handicap and showed in the Thomas K. Lynch Memorial Handicap. At age three, he lost most of his races. … Yet out of 131 lifetime starts, Stymie won 35, placed in 33, and showed in 28. His career winnings were $918,485. That made him, at the time, the richest race horse in America…. raced 1942-47.
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