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The Million Dollar Pacer (Southland)

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Hidden : 1/28/2010
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Geocache Description:

A cache tribute to the legendary Mataura and New Zealand 'Million Dollar Pacer' Cardigan Bay.

Cardigan Bay was a New Zealand Harness racing horse foaled September 1, 1956 in Mataura, Southland. Affectionately known as "Cardy", he was the first Standardbred to win $US 1 million in prize money in North America. Along with his arch-rival the USA's champion of the day Bret Hanover, he has a legitimate claim of being one of the truly great Standardbred racehorses.

Cardigan Bay is possibly the most well known racehorse ever to come from New Zealand. Cardy won 80 races in all. Much of his racing was done in the United States where he teamed up with legendary 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. He was a Harness Champion in the United States being Pacer of the Year in 1965 and 1968.

He was the first Standardbred horse ever to win one million dollars, and the ninth horse to do so worldwide (the first eight were Thoroughbreds). He became an overnight sensation in the United States, and appeared with Dancer on the Ed Sullivan show as the "million dollar horse". The New Zealand Post Office released a stamp in 1970 commemorating his winnings.

Cardigan Bay was an inaugural inductee into the New Zealand Trotting Hall of Fame with the immortals Caduceus, Harold Logan, Highland Fling, Johnny Globe and Ordeal.

The cache is located at a roadside sign about Cardigan Bay. It is a two litre painted snaplock that should be fairly easy to find. Please make sure it is put completely out of sight again when placing back.

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