Milton Menasco (British, 1890–1974)
MORNING EXERCISE, SIR GAYLORD AND CICADA, HIALEAH
Oil on canvas, 20” x 30”
Two of the homebred stars of Christopher Chenery’s Meadow Stables were Sir Gaylord and Cicada, both foals of 1959. Sir Gaylord won 10 of 18 starts at 2 and 3, including six stakes. At 3, Sir Gaylord won Hialeah’s Bahamas Stakes, equaling the seven- furlong track record. He was very successful at stud, and his sons included leading sires Sir Ivor and Habitat.
Cicada was even more acclaimed as a racehorse, being named champion at 2, 3, and 4. She won 23 of 42 starts, including 18 stakes, and placed in another 13 stakes. Cicada was not as successful at stud as Sir Gaylord. Her lone stakes winner was her first foal, Cicada’s Pride, her only foal sired by Sir Gaylord.