Cross the auction finish line in winning fashion with this lot of (3) Steve Cauthen autographs. "Stevie Wonder" was a real prodigy in becoming the first jockey to win six-million dollars in a single year in 1977. He followed that tremendous season as the youngest jockey to win the "Triple Crown" when he rode Affirmed to glory in 1978 at the age of eighteen. He then moved to Europe so he could carry more weight and while there met Daily Telegraph assistant editor Martin Smith, who is credited with several sports books, including "Kings, Queens and Four-Legged Athletes", published in 2011.
Among the (3) signed items in this offering is a 12/13/97 handwritten letter on Steve Cauthen of Verona, KY letterhead, with the salutation "Dear Martin". This immaculate (NM-MT) correspondence begins with "Best of luck with your book!" and continues with content detailing the 1978 Belmont Stakes as "the most exciting and important victory of my career", a reference to his win by a head victory over arch-rival Alydar to cement his Triple Crown triumph. This crisp, clean 7-1/4 x 10-1/2" letter shows flawless writing throughout and finishes with Cauthen's ("9-10") strength signature at bottom right. Also present are (2) 2013 Leaf pre-certified "Sports Heroes" LE card #BA-SC2 numbered as "1/2" and "2/2", both (NM-MT+) with ("9-10") autographs. Auction LOA from JSA.