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Catalog Number 2016.033.007A
Description Bay Meadows Beer Stein, 1996. Ceramic cream-colored drinking vessel with a handle and printed image of a racing horse and jockey on one side and information about the race horse on another. The stein has a broad round base and cylindrical body. The rim ever so slightly tapers inward. The base is wider than the body of the stein. The horse and jockey are shown in full color. The horse is brown with a white crown and its back two socks are white with two blue horizontal stripes on each one. The jockey is wearing white pants and yellow and red socks folded over brown boots. His shirt is partly white with red shoulders and décolletage and blue sleeves with stars, as well as a blue helmet. On his left arm is black band with the number 10 written in white. Signed to the bottom left of the image is a signature "Tom Chapman (c) '96." On the other side of the stein is printed in bold " "CIGAR" / 1995 Horse of the Year / With age comes Greatness! Cigar, winner of the / 1995 Breeders' Cup Classic, will go down in history / as one of the most famous horses of all time. Cigar / ran at Bay Meadows where he finished third in the / 1993 Ascot Handicap. Sired by Palace Music, winner / of the 1986 Bay Meadows Handicap, Cigar has amassed / a win streak undoubtedly not to be matched in our / lifetime. The majority of his win streak cam at age / five where he was perfect in 10 starts. / Bay Meadows salutes a true champion!"
Object Name Stein
Collection 3D - Food Service Tools & Equipment
Title Bay Meadows Beer Stein, 1996
Date 1996
Creator Chapman, Tom
Role Artist
Inscription Text "Tom Chapman (c) '96." (printed in gray-black ink, copied signature); " "CIGAR" / 1995 Horse of the Year / With age comes Greatness! Cigar, winner of the / 1995 Breeders' Cup Classic, will go down in history / as one of the most famous horses of all time. Cigar / ran at Bay Meadows where he finished third in the / 1993 Ascot Handicap. Sired by Palace Music, winner / of the 1986 Bay Meadows Handicap, Cigar has amassed / a win streak undoubtedly not to be matched in our / lifetime. The majority of his win streak cam at age / five where he was perfect in 10 starts. / Bay Meadows salutes a true champion!" (printed in bold black ink)
Provenance Beer stein commerating the racing career of the horse Cigar who competed at Bay Meadows Racetrack.
Notes "A winning streak with few precedents was the centerpiece of Cigar’s career. From late 1994 through mid-1996, he won 16 consecutive races and matched Triple Crown winner Citation’s streak of the late 1940s. But Cigar’s career began slowly. Plagued with various growing pains, he did not race until age three. Trained by Alex Hassinger, Jr., Cigar began his career in California. He won a maiden race in his second start on a dirt course and was then switched to the turf, where he won an allowance race and placed second in the Volante Handicap. At age four, he joined the barn of Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott and moved to New York.

Trainer Bill Mott switched Cigar from turf racing back to dirt, and Cigar’s career caught fire. From late in his four-year-old season onward, he won 17 of his remaining 20 starts. These included many of the best races from coast to coast: the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Jockey Club Gold Cup, two Massachusetts Handicaps, the Hollywood Gold Cup, two Donn Handicaps, a Pimlico Special, Oaklawn Handicap, and the specially-carded Citation Challenge. In 1995, Cigar earned a perfect record of 10 wins in 10 starts, matching Tom Fool’s unbeaten campaign as a champion 4-year-old in 1953. Not surprisingly, Cigar was voted Horse of the Year and champion older male.
In March 1996, Cigar jetted to the Middle East and won the inaugural Dubai World Cup. He then added the Massachusetts Handicap at Suffolk Downs and the Citation Challenge at Arlington Park, both with 130 pounds up. Dare and Go finally ended Cigar’s winning streak in the Pacific Classic at Del Mar. Returning East, Cigar captured the Woodward Stakes but ran a disappointing third in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Woodbine. It was time for the world’s most famous horse to retire. Race fans celebrated Cigar’s career with a party at Madison Square Garden. Several weeks later he was again honored as Horse of the Year and champion older male. After his stellar racing career, hopes were high that Cigar’s time at stud would be equally impressive. Despite the efforts of leading fertility specialists, Cigar was infertile. He was sent to the Kentucky Horse Park where he resides in the Hall of Champions near fellow Hall of Famer John Henry. Cigar was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2002." [ 10/19/2017]

"In terms of transcending the sport the past two decades, Cigar was arguably without peer.

His first nine starts were undistinguished as he toiled mostly in the allowance ranks on the turf under the care of trainer Alex Hassinger Jr. After being transferred to Bill Mott at the start of 1994, the son of Palace Music found new form when his Hall of Fame conditioner tried him on the dirt following four more losses on turf, going 1 mile in an allowance test at Aqueduct that Oct. 28.

A journey toward immortality began that day. His front-running, 8-length triumph kicked off a streak of 16 straight wins that would feature 10 Grade I victories.

Eight of those top-level triumphs came during his 10-for-10 championship campaign of 1995, a run that was capped with legendary announcer Tom Durkin famously calling him "the unconquerable, invincible, unbeatable Cigar" as he hit the line 21/2 lengths in front during the 1995 Breeders' Cup Classic at Belmont Park. "I'm the ultimate worrier. But I never worried about him because he had such quickness from the gate, had such a high cruising speed," said Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey, who rode Cigar in his final 19 career starts. "I could get out of any situation I might find myself in. He was never in trouble because he allowed me to use him to the degree that I was always outside in a perfect stalking position.

"I got to the point where I thought there was nothing this horse could not do."

In 1996, Cigar traveled to Dubai for the inaugural Dubai World Cup — now the world's richest race with a $10 million purse. His victory not only put the World Cup on the map as a top global race, but solidified Cigar as an international star of the sport.

"It was like there was gold dust everywhere he went and he would sprinkle it around," Pons said.

The toll of crisscrossing the country and racing at 10 different tracks over a year and a half caught up with the seemingly tireless horse in August 1996. Cigar's win streak was broken when he ran second to Dare and Go in the Grade I Pacific Classic.

He was retired after a third-place finish in that year's Breeders' Cup Classic, ending his career with 19 wins from 33 career starts and a then North American-record of $9,999,815 in earnings.

"For the first half of my career, I had like a doctor-patient relationship (with horses)," Bailey said. "I rode the horses, I worked them out in the morning and I went home. And it was nothing else. Until Cigar. He made me fall in love with horses."" [ 10/19/2017]

"Bay Meadows Racetrack

Of all the Bay Area’s lost tracks, amongst the famous and most mourned is that of Bay Meadows; it is certainly that freshest to memory. Until its closure in 2008, it was not only California’s oldest racecourse in constant operation, but also its most progressive. It introduced the automatic totalisator to the West Coast, pioneered the electric, fully-enclosed starting gate and photo-finish camera, and in 1945, hosted El Lobo, the first horse to travel by air to a race, who, after landing on the airstrip adjacent to the track, went on to triumph in the Burlingame Handicap.

Bay Meadows was the brainchild of Bill Kyne, one of the principal champions of the successful campaign to legalise pari-mutuel betting in California in 1933. Less than a year after the passage of the Woolwine-Maloney Bill, Kyne broke ground on the site of the former Curtis-Wright airport. After 209 days of construction, Bay Meadows opened to a crowd of 15,000 on Nov. 4, 1934.

The track was fast, a mile-long oval with a half-chute, and was overlooked by a grandstand and clubhouse capable of seating 6,500. The steel and concrete grandstand ran 400 feet in length, with three levels of tiered seating. Its façade was adorned with Art Deco detailing, a feature shared by the timber-framed, stucco-clad clubhouse. This was smaller than the grandstand, at 123 feet in length, and mostly occupied by a single club room. The totalisator was a major attraction at the course; Kyne called it his “mechanical preventative of racetrack chicanery.”

Under Kyne’s tenure, Bay Meadows enjoyed success after success. It drew celebrities of the equine world such as Seabiscuit, Citation, Determine, John Longden, and Bill Shoemaker, watched by the celebrities of Hollywood including Al Jolson, Mae West, Clark Gable, and Bing Crosby.

Thanks to Kyne’s negotiations with the federal government, Bay Meadows remained open throughout World War II, the only major racecourse on the West Coast sanctioned to do so. Certain conditions were imposed upon it, though, not least that 92 percent of profits be donated to the war effort. By 1945, more than $4 million had thereby been raised.

Bay Meadows’ 1949 season welcomed a $1.2 million remodelling. With a new clubhouse, private turf club, and grandstand extension, its capacity was doubled to 40,000. Also including a new saddling paddock, fireproof horse barns, and new landscaping, the renovation prompted the Stockton Record to proclaim Bay Meadows “one of the most elaborate racing plants in the world.”

With racing schedules spread between northern and southern California, Bay Meadows consistently drew high-quality horses and jockeys, and the crowds followed. However, gradually the southern California season grew more profitable and longer in length, and attention shifted away from the Bay Area. By the early 1980s, Bay Meadows was struggling.

In 1986, a four-year remodelling project commenced in a bid to rekindle the track’s 1930s glamour. The renovation proved no magic fix – in the face of stockholder infighting, competition for fixtures, and the declining popularity of the sport, the track experienced difficulties throughout the 1990s. Investors vied for control of the land, and by the 2000s rumours circulated about Bay Meadows’ closure.

The death knell came with a 2006 mandate from the California Horse Racing Board requiring that major dirt tracks in the state be replaced with synthetic surfaces. Unable to meet the installation costs of up to $10 million, Bay Meadows was scheduled for demolition. On Aug. 17, 2008, 8,000 patrons attended the final day of live racing at the track and bid farewell to California’s oldest continuously-operated racecourse." [ 10/19/2017]

1995 Breeders Cup Classic - Cigar [ 10/19/2017]
Dimensions H-5.5 W-4 D-4 inches
Dimension Details measured based for width and depth
Search Terms Bay Meadows
Bay Meadows Race Track
Cigar, racehorse
Horses - Thoroughbred Racing
Subjects Drinking vessels
Horse racing
Race horses
Racetracks (Horse racing)
People Chapman, Thomas