1970 Cardigan Bay
||Cardigan Bay Trotting
||First Day Cover - 28 January 1970
|... 10c (165a)|
Cardigan Bay is possibly the most well known racehorse ever to come from
New Zealand. Bred in Southland and affectionately known as
"Cardy", he was the first Standardbred Harness racing horse to
win $US 1 million in prize money in North America, and the ninth horse to
do so worldwide (the first eight were Thoroughbreds).
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won 80 races in all. Much of his racing career was based in the United
States where he teamed up with reinsman Stanley Dancer in his many
appearances at Yonkers Raceway near New York. He was the only horse to have
defeated the three Hall of Fame USA horses of that era - Overtrick, Bret
Hanover and Meadow Skipper. In the United States he won Pacer of the Year
in both 1965 and 1968. He became a bit of a celebrity there and even
appeared on the Ed Sullivan show as the "million dollar
After reaching the one million dollar target he was
retired and brought back home to New Zealand, and this stamp was issued to
commemorate his return.
Cardigan Bay was an inaugural inductee into
the New Zealand Trotting Hall of Fame.
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