1969 Majestic Prince Tac Pin
This pin honors Majestic Prince, winner of the 1969 Kentucky Derby with five-time Derby winning jockey William Hartack up. Majestic Prince raced hard and fast to wear out Arts and Letters and win the Derby. The following week he did the same in the Preakness, but couldn’t hold on in the Belmont and lost to Arts and Letters by a mere 1.5 lengths. Many anticipated Majestic Prince would be the 9th Triple Crown winner, and his disappointing loss in the Belmont over an opponent he had regularly bested was blamed on owner Frank McMahon. Majestic Prince had sustained a leg injury before the Belmont, yet McMahon wanted him to race. Many attribute the decision to McMahon’s wish to own the first Triple Crown winner to have an undefeated record.
Majestic Prince was bred by Leslie Combs II at Spendthrift Farms in Lexington, Kentucky and trained by Johnny Longden. He is ranked #46 in The Blood-Horse magazine’s Top 100 Racehorses of the 20th Century and was inducted into the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame in 1988.
A Kentucky Derby Museum Exclusive.
Pin measures 0.75 X 1”.

Item #001422