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Vincent Cicero Jr.’s filly Royal Flush, purchased at the 1941 Maryland Fall Sales, recorded a stakes victory in Garden State Park’s Benjamin Franklin Handicap and appeared on the cover of the magazine. 

The Knave High filly, bred in New Jersey by Mr. and Mrs. Amory Haskell’s Woodland Farm, sold for $450 and salvaged a seemingly disastrous first venture for Cicero. The young owner had purchased three yearlings at the sale – it was determined one was a wobbler, the second was found to be nearly blind with cataracts. Royal Flush went on to earn $55,745 from 111 starts and became a stakes producer, with 10 winners from as many foals.

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