Trip is Priceless Now

‘Trip’ was the nickname for Triplicate, Fred’s most famous and successful racehorse. His most notable win was the 1946 Hollywood Gold Cup, where he took home $100,000. You can watch Triplicate’s win here

Jock Jessop refers to Job Dean Jessop, a successful American jockey who was a regular rider of Triplicate. In March 1946, just before this letter was written, Triplicate and Jessop won the San Juan Capistrano Handicap at Santa Anita Park, California. Triplicate won a handful of races in 1947 and retired to stud in Kentucky in 1949.

March 19th 1946

Dear Jack:-

Thanks for the cable. It would not be possible for me to get to England at any price.

They will not let us in except on urgent business or something. Anyway I couldn’t this year.

This animal is apt to pick up a few more of these big ‘uns Jack. He’s really something now. Phillips has done a swell job with him.

It was some day. This Jock Jessop is a good kid – 19 yrs old + very sharp. Been riding professionally since 10 yrs old in the county fair meets etc. Last year topped em all in amount of races won on the big time.

This was his first big stake race,and mine too. What a day!

Trip is priceless now, I’ve refused $100,000.00 for him. He’ll qualify as a sire now. I’ll stand him here at the ranch in a few years if all continues well.

How are things? I sure wish I could get over but it looks like next year will be the nearest.

Delly is wonderful. She was with us to see Trip win.

I got a hell of a beautiful 14k Gold Cup!!! The stable is on ice for the year now if we don’t have another winner but I really think Trip if he stays fit will win one of those big races at Hollywood Park at least.

Hope your animals are doing fine Jack – let me know the news. I’m going east to be at Belmont Park for a few weeks. Back here in June. We’re building a new house and have no address except Box 311, Beverley Hills P.O. Beverley Hills, Cal. Address there until further notice.

All best

Fred