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Woodlawn trophy

A replica of the Woodlawn Vase is given to the winning owner of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. Considered one of the most valuable trophies in sports, the trophy has its roots at the Woodlawn Race Course, a 19th century race track near Louisville, Kentucky.

This is text from a Kentucky Historical Marker near the former site of the track:

Woodlawn Race Course - Opened in 1859 and drew national attention. Closed after Civil War. R. A. Alexander, noted breeder, was major figure in buying estate for National Racing Association. He contracted with Tiffany's to design Woodlawn Vase; used in 1861 and 1862. It was buried for safety during war. Vase is now winner's trophy at the Preakness Stakes, where a replica is given each year.


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