Richard Stone Reeves (American, 1919–2005)

Richard Stone Reeves (American, 1919–2005) 

GO FOR GIN (two works) 

Oil on board, 11” x 14”, 12” x 15” 
Signed, inscribed, dated 1991 
Signed, inscribed 

SHUT OUT In 1942 James M. Gaver Sr., trainer for Greentree Stable, offered jockey Eddie Arcaro his choice of Devil Diver or Shut Out to ride in the Kentucky Derby. Arcaro opted for Devil Diver, the crack 2-year-old of 1941, and he finished sixth. Wayne D. Wright rode Shut Out and won the Kentucky Derby by 2¼ lengths. By Belmont Stakes day Arcaro had switched mounts and rode Shut Out to victory in New York. Shut Out was retired to Greentree Stud and had a respectable stallion career, siring champions Evening Out and Social Outcast, as well as the dams of two-time leading sire Exclusive Native and champion The Axe II. 
Illustrated: Richard Stone Reeves, Belmont Park, A Century of Champions, Pg. 34 
GO FOR GIN “Hung over, cut up, dazed and confused, the survivors of the 120th Kentucky Derby (gr. I) woke up the next morning feeling like victims of the world’s wettest barroom brawl. Holy Bull, knocked off his pedestal, was full of beans and anxious to get even. Massive Strodes Creek catnapped in the center of his stall and tried in vain to remember what happened. Valiant Nature sulked in a corner, glad to be alive. Blumin Aair cursed his luck and cooled his tender heels. Brocco attacked his hay rack and looked for someone to smack. Then there was Go for Gin, not a scratch on him, looking smug as a thief who had just robbed Ft. Knox.” — Jay Hovdey, The Blood-Horse, May 14, 1994

Estimate: 9,000 - 12,000

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