Richard Stone Reeves
Richard Stone Reeves (American, 1919–2005)
CALUMET FARM’S BARBIZON
Oil on canvas, 20” x 30”
Signed, dated 1957
Pictured is Barbizon with Bill Hartack up after their victory in the 1956 Garden State Stakes with Amarullah, Federal Hill, and Iron Liege in the background. The 1956 edition of this race for 2-year-olds had a purse of more than $300,000, making it the richest race in the world at that time. Hartack opted to ride Barbizon over his Calumet stablemate Iron Liege, who was ridden by Hedley Woodhouse. In a race down to the wire, many in the crowd thought Federal Hill riding the rail had won, but Barbizon edged him on the outside. Amarullah came down the stretch right between them, finishing third. The win helped solidify Barbizon as the champion 2-year-old-male, but it was Iron Liege who would have the superior 3-year-old season. Hartack was the regular rider for Gen. Duke, but trainer Jimmy Jones pulled Gen. Duke from the 1957 Kentucky Derby. Eight hours before the race, Hartack got the mount on Iron Liege and won the first of his five Kentucky Derbies and secured the sixth of Calumet’s eight Derby wins.