Allen F. Brewer, Jr.
Allen F. Brewer, Jr. (American, 1921-1967)
‘IRON LIEGE’ & ‘BOLD RULER’ (a pair)
Pencil drawings, 12 1⁄2” x 17 1⁄4” each
signed, Bold Ruler dated 1957
$3,000. – 4,000.
The 1957 renewal of the Kentucky Derby is a story of dreams and nightmares, specifically the nightmare of Gallant Man’s owner Ralph Lowe, who prior to the Derby had dreamed that his colt lost the race when the jockey stood up in the irons before the finish line. Coming into race week, the contest appeared to be among Wheatley Stable’s Bold Ruler, Lowe’s *Gallant Man, and Calumet Farm’s Gen. Duke. By Wednesday, Gen. Duke was out with a sore foreleg, and the forecast for *Gallant Man looked much brighter. In the Derby, Calumet’s off-the-bench entry, Iron Liege, had gained the lead at the eighth pole, but by the sixteenth pole *Gallant Man came even with the Calumet color-bearer. And this crucial point Lowe’s nightmare became reality: Gallant Man’s jockey Willie Shoemaker mistook the sixteenth pole for the finish line and briefly stood in the saddle. Shoemaker resumed riding and fought to the wire, but the camera declared Iron Liege the victor. In terms of influence on future pedigrees, the 83rd Kentucky Derby had a standout field that in addition to Bold Ruler, *Gallant Man, and Iron Liege included Round Table, Better Bee, and Federal Hill.
Foaled at Claiborne Farm near Paris, Kentucky, Bold Ruler was bred and owned by Mrs. Henry Carnegie Phipps’ Wheatley Stable. Despite a career plagued with injuries and physical problems, Bold Ruler won 23 of 33 lifetime. His 11 victories at three, including the Preakness Stakes, garnered him the Horse of the Year title. Bold Ruler retired to his birthplace and sired 82 stakes winners. He was America’s leading sire eight times.