SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) - Police are investigating the theft of 5 trophies from the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, including the prize awarded to the winner of the 1903 Belmont Stakes.
Saratoga Springs police say Friday that the smash & grab burglary occurred around 11:30 p.m. Thursday at the museum, located across the street from Saratoga Race Course.
Authorities say the thief broke into the building, setting off an alarm that alerted police. Officials say the burglar spent less than three minutes inside but managed to make off with five trophies by smashing their glass display cases located in two separate galleries.
The stolen memorabilia includes the Belmont Stakes Trophy won by Africander and the Brighton Cup Trophy, both from 1903. The others are the 1905 Saratoga Special Trophy and steeplechase trophies from 1914 and 1923.
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