Richard Stone Reeves

Richard Stone Reeves (American, 1919–2005) 

SEATTLE SLEW 

Oil on canvas, 20” x 24” 
Signed, inscribed, dated 1991 

Seattle Slew embodies the American Dream — a $17,500 yearling purchase who became a Triple Crown winner and an earner of more than $1,200,000. His story threads its way from his colorful Kentucky breeder Ben Castleman to the two young couples who owned and raced him — Mickey and Karen Taylor and Dr. Jim and Sally Hill — then finally to the stallion operations of Spendthrift and three Chimneys farms, where he achieved renown as a major sire. “I saw Seattle Slew all three years that he raced, and I painted him three times. I painted him for the first time for Karen and Mickey Taylor. It was at Belmont Park in the fall of 1978, and he was about to retire. He had matured by that time into a pretty big horse. I also painted him for jockey Jean Cruguet, one of the few jockeys who have commissioned a painting. I later saw him at Spendthrift, where he posed for another portrait — as a stallion.” — Richard Stone Reeves, Royal Blood, Fifty Years of Classic Thoroughbreds

Estimate: 15,000 - 20,000

Final Sale Price: 
$31,050