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Dan Patch (1896-1916) was the outstanding pacer of his day. He broke world speed records at least 14 times in the early 1900s, finally setting the world’s record for the fastest mile by a harness horse (1 minute:55 seconds) during a time trial in 1906, a record that stood unmatched for 32 years.
Dan Patch lost only two heats in his career and never lost a race. His speed was such that other owners would sometimes refuse to race their horses against him, leaving him to compete against the clock.
Dan Patch’s achievements made him a sports celebrity. At the height of his fame, he earned more than $1 million a year for his owner.
Crowds of 100,000 turned out for a glimpse of the horse. Dan Patch retired undefeated in 1909 as the holder of nine world records and spent much of his later life attending exhibitions.
(My sketch of Dan Patch)
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Seabiscuit (1933 – 1947) was a champion Thoroughbred racehorse in the United States. Seabiscuit had an inauspicious start to his racing career, but became an unlikely champion and a symbol of hope to many Americans during the Great Depression. Seabiscuit was named American Horse of the Year for 1938 and was the number one newsmaker of 1938.
On November 1, 1938, Seabiscuit met War Admiral in what was dubbed the “Match of the Century.” The event was run over 1 and 3/16 miles at Pimlico Race Course. From the grandstands to the infield, the track was jammed with fans. Trains were run from all over the country to bring fans to the race, and the estimated 40,000 at the track were joined by 40 million listening on the radio.
Photo Credit: (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/01/sports/match-races-seldom-meet-expectations.html)
When the bell rang, Seabiscuit broke in front, and soon crossed over to the rail position. Halfway down the backstretch, War Admiral started to cut into the lead, gradually pulling level with Seabiscuit, then slightly ahead. Two hundred yards from the wire, Seabiscuit pulled away and continued to extend his lead over the closing stretch, finally winning by four lengths. In 1937, Seabiscuit won eleven of his fifteen races and was the year’s leading money winner in the United States.
(My sketch of Seabiscuit)
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Photo: Secretariat (Inspiration for the sketch I drew)
Secretariat (1970 – 1989) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse that in 1973 became the first U.S. Triple Crown winner in 25 years. He set race records in all three events in the series – the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes– records that still stand today. He is considered to be one of the greatest Thoroughbreds of all time. In 1999, ESPN ranked Secretariat the 35th-best athlete of the 20th century, the highest-ranking racehorse on the list.
Secretariat was born at The Meadow in Caroline County, Virginia on March 30th 1970. Like his famous predecessor Man O’ War, Secretariat was a large chestnut colt, and was given the same nickname, “Big Red”.
Owned by Penny Chenery, he was trained by Lucien Laurin, and mainly ridden by jockey Ron Turcotte. He raced in Chenery’s Meadow Farm Stable’s blue-and-white-checkered colors.
Secretariat stood about 16.2 hands tall and weighed 1,175 lb in his racing prime.
Information from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secretariat_%28horse%29
I decided to start drawing sketches of famous horses, and telling a little bit about them. So here is the first one: Snowman
(This photo was taken from the book: “The Eighty Dollar Champion”)
(Here is the sketch I drew of Snowman)
Snowman (1949-1974) was a former plow horse, purchased on his way to the slaughterhouse, who became a champion in showjumping in the United States during the 1950s.
Harry de Leyer, a riding instructor, attended a horse auction looking for school horses. He arrived late, and the only remaining horses were the “rejects”, loaded into trucks bound for the slaughter house. De Leyer purchased Snowman for $80. De Leyer recognized talent in the horse after he sold him to a neighbor and the horse jumped high fences to return “home.” He then began training Snowman as a show jumper.
The horse began winning prestigious classes only two years after he was bought off the slaughter truck and his career lasted five years. He willingly jumped over other horses, and his calm disposition made him a favorite.
Snowman got into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame in 1992.
(Information from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowman_%28horse%29)