Richard Stone Reeves
Richard Stone Reeves (American, 1919–2005)
“AFFIRMED AND ALYDAR, US RACE OF THE YEAR, 1978, THE BELMONT STAKES” and “RACE OF THE YEAR IN EUROPE, 1978, SHIRLEY HEIGHTS WINNING IRISH SWEEPS DERBY” (two works)
Oil on board, 14” x 20”
Signed, dated 1978, signed, inscribed verso
AFFIRMED “Armed inched ahead and held that lead to the wire. Near the finish, one could see Alydar thrusting his neck forward, straining with every muscle to catch his rival. But he missed by a head as Belmont Park erupted in an explosion of fervor. Some in the stands weren’t certain about the outcome, but Cauthen rose in his irons, a stride or two past the finish line and waved his whip in exultation.” — Joe Hirsch, 1978 Racing in Review, The American Racing Manual, 1979 Edition. Illustrated: Richard Stone Reeves, Decade of Champions, Pg. 154
SHIRLEY HEIGHTS “Instead, Greville (Starkey) grimly drove Shirley Heights on the swerving line the colt himself dictated. They switched sharply behind Remainder Man, right across to the rails, and rocketed on to challenge Hawaiian Sound on the inside.
“So fast was the attacker advancing, in that dramatic burst up the final hill, that even dour-battling Hawaiian Sound was overwhelmed. All-the-way triumph came so agonizingly close for Shoemaker and his gallant partner, but it was Starkey and Shirley Heights who snatched the ultimate glory by a head.” — The Bloodstock Breeders’ Review, 1978