Maryland Developer, Farm Owner Buys Native Dancer Preakness Trophy For $100,000

Edward St. John, Baltimore-area developer and owner of Rolling Ridge Farm in Maryland, has been identified as the purchaser of Native Dancer’s Preakness trophy. The replica of the Woodlawn Vase, which was presented to owner Alfred Vanderbilt in 1953, was sold through Doyle Auctions last month for $100,000.

St. John attended the 1953 edition of the Preakness as a child, although he admits he has no memory of Sagamore Farm’s famous gray colt crossing the finish line.

St. John’s Rolling Ridge Farm property was part of Sagamore Farm during the Vanderbilt era, and includes the house where Vanderbilt and his family lived while they were in Maryland.

Native Dancer’s victory marked the first time a replica of the famous Woodlawn Vase was created for the winning owner. Previously, the vase was a perpetual trophy given to the winner for the year following their victory. Vanderbilt voiced concerns about the Vase’s economic and historical value and declined to take possession of the original. Since then, replicas have been made of the silver trophy for Preakness winners, and the original has been kept for display purposes by the Maryland Jockey Club.

Read more at the Baltimore Sun

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