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"ON THE TURF" by Denes de Holesch (Hungarian/American

Oil on board, 7 1/2" x 13"Signed. "The 1924 running of the Epsom Derby delivered the very popular triumph of Lord DerbyÕs homebred bay colt Sansovino (by Swynford out of Gondolette), who galloped to the wire six lengths clear of the field through an epic downpour. Trained by the Honorable George Lambton, the favorite was ridden to victory over the rain-sodden turf by Tommy Weston in front of a record crowd that included Lord Derby's competing owner and friend King George V. The correspondent for the Sportsman wrote: "After an interval of 137 years the head of the house of Stanley has won the Derby. It was in 1787 that 'Sir Peter Teazle' (owned by the 12th Earl of Derby) secured the prize, the eighth time it was run for, and since then, although various holders of the title have tried again and again to repeat the victory, it has been left to the present Earl of Derby to accomplish the feat, and to no more worthy member of the family which gave the race its name could the honour have fallen. SansovinoÕs success yesterday was the most popular seen at Epsom since the late King Edward won the Derby with Minoru in 1909, and apart from the fact that the horseÕs position as favourite necessarily caused the victory to be hailed with acclamation, the cheering was a sincere recognition of Lord DerbyÕs efforts to breed a winner of the Blue Riband of the Turf."Read more

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ORNAMENT WITH TODD SLOAN UP by Henry Stull

Oil on canvas, 25" x 30" Signed, dated, 1898 Provenance: Kennedy Galleries, New York"Ornament was bred and raised in Kentucky by Hal Pettit Headley at his Beaumont Farm. He began his racing career for Charles T. Patterson but raced for Headley and his partner W. P. Norton in his last four starts. From his initial appearance on the turf in 1896, until his retirement after winning the Brighton Handicap, his racing career was nothing short of spectacular. Ornament won four Derbies, the Clark Stakes, Twin City Handicap, both ends of the Double Event, the Flatbush Stakes, Brooklyn Handicap, Brighton Handicap, the Himyar Stakes, and eight more races. Ornament recorded 20 wins from 32 starts, earning nearly $90,000 and only finishing out of the money three times. He was the best 2-year-old of his year, the 1897 champion 3-year-old, and at 4 was voted the best horse of the all-aged divisions. Ornament retired to stud at the familiar fields of Beaumont Farm in 1900. His retirement from the track did not mark the end of his usefulness for the Headley family, Ornament became an established sire and his progeny went on to have significant careers on the turf. Hal PettitÕs son, Hal Price, was watching and learning from his father and at an early age was on his way to becoming one of the greatest horsemen that the turf has ever known. In 1904, at age 16, Hal Price Headley set out alone, loaded Ornament and a string of other Beaumont home breds onto a train, and entered his horses in the stock show at the Saint Louis WorldÕs Fair. He stepped onto the countryÕs biggest stage and by the end of the show he had collected nearly every prize that the fair had to offer for Thoroughbred horses. Ornament took the top honor for Thoroughbreds at the fair, the Premier Championship Title. By the close of the Saint Louis WorldÕs Fair, Headley had collected the top prize for Thoroughbreds in 12 of 19 categories, earning the budding turfman $3,535.58 in prize money Ñ the modern equivalent of nearly $100,000. When Ornament passed in 1916, he was buried at his birthplace on Beaumont Farm. His gravestone is on a portion of the farm that is now part of LexingtonÕs South Creek Park and his headstone is still there, marking the resting place of one of the greatest horses of an era. The Thoroughbred Record reported the champion's death in 1916, and the article rings with sincere emotion at the loss of the great champion. "He was retired absolutely sound and at stud his success was such that he occupied a prominent place on the Twenty List from the time his get were three-year-olds in 1903, until he was taken out of active service. Beautifully bred, endowed with extreme speed, possession of a matchless constitution and courage, capable of carrying any weight and winning at any distance over any kind of a track. Ornament embodied every requisite that goes to make the thoroughbred what he is and for which he is accorded pride of place over the horses of all other breeds.Ó" Thoroughbred Record, Vol. 83Ð84, 1916"Read more

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7 500 GBP

DONERAIL by Richard Stone Reeves (American, 1919-2005)

Oil on board, 11" x 14", 10" x 14" Signed, inscribed DONERAIL winner of the 1913 Kentucky Derby. Donerail holds the distinction of being the longest shot to win the Kentucky Derby. Donerail provided his supporters with a $184.90 payout for a $2 wager. Jockey Roscoe Goose kept Donerail in contention as the early lead changed hands and in the stretch took aim on the favorite, Ten Point, to win in a track record of 2:04 4/5. Donerail was bred in Fayette County, Kentucky, by Thomas P. Hayes and named for a nearby depot community on the Cincinnati Southern Railway. Hayes remains the only breeder, owner, and trainer of the same Kentucky Derby winner. EXTERMINATOR winner of the 1918 Kentucky Derby, 1922 Horse of the Year. Exterminator was never confused with a beauty queen. He passed through the Saratoga yearling sales with little fanfare and was described by his purchaser, trainer J. Calvin Milam, as Òtoo lean and growthy.Ó Even though his sire McGee had sired the Kentucky Derby winner Donerail just two years before ExterminatorÕs birth, Exterminator was so lanky and coarse as a 2-year-old he was gelded. By the end of his eight-year career, Exterminator had earned the nickname "Old Bones" because of his bony, aged appearance. But beauty is as beauty does, and Exterminator won 50 of his 99 starts, including the Kentucky Derby. Exterminator was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1957. He retired in 1924, kept company by a series of ponies, all named Peanuts.Read more

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Low estimate
6 800 GBP

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