Oil on canvas, 21” x 38”
Signed, inscribed, dated 1967, inscribed “Hail to Reason”
$20,000. – 30,000.
Together with a trophy for the 1970 Sapling Stakes at Monmouth Park
Richard Stone Reeves and Edward Bowen, Legends; The Art of Richard Stone Reeves, Birmingham, Alabama: Oxmoor House, 1989, page 37
Richard Stone Reeves and Juno Cole Weyer, Thoroughbreds I Have Known, Cranbury, New Jersey: A.S. Barnes and Co., 1973, page 49
Hail to Reason was a homebred from the successful Bieber- Jacobs Stable, a partnership between Hirsch Jacobs and Isidor Bieber. Hail to Reason was sired by Turn-To, a stakes winner in England and a grandson of Nearco. His dam was the mare Nothirdchance, named in 1947 as a political statement against German rearmament immediately after World War II. Hail to Reason was named for the partnership’s renewed hope in world order. Jacobs had already achieved incredible success as an owner and trainer with horses such as Stymie, and he was one of the first living trainers to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. He would see even more success with Hail to Reason, whom the Jacobs family affectionately called “Hail.”
After four successful starts in New York, Hail to Reason was entered in the 1960 Sapling Stakes at Monmouth. The only four-time stakes winner in the field, Hail to Reason charged from behind to take the race handily from 40-to-1 longshot He’s a Pistol and eventual Kentucky Derby winner Carry Back. Racing in the silks of Patrice Jacobs, the trainer and co- breeder’s daughter, Hail to Reason was considered the family’s Derby hopeful after this impressive win. “Patrice Jacobs was to be involved with champion horses over many years,” wrote The Blood-Horse’s Edward Bowen. “In 1972 she married Louis Wolfson and under the name of Harbor View Farm the two bred and raced Affirmed, who in 1978 became the 11th winner of the Triple Crown.”
Hail to Reason was considered the top 2-year-old in 1960, dominating all of his summer races until he fractured a sesamoid and had to be retired. Hirsch Jacobs, who is remembered as a legendary horseman, nursed the colt back to health and despite the early retirement, Hail to Reason was still named champion 2-year-old male in 1960. He went on to have a successful career at stud, standing at Hagyard Farm in Kentucky. Hail to Reason was named leading sire in 1970, and his progeny include a Kentucky Derby winner, Proud Clarion; a Preakness winner,
Personality; a Belmont Stakes winner, Hail to All; and an English Derby Winner, Roberto. His legacy continued with horses such as Allez France, Seattle Slew and, more currently, Barbaro. He was a true sire of sires whose bloodline can be seen in many pedigrees today.
“The stallion played such an important part in the phenomenal success of the Bieber-Jacobs stable as breeders. He became America’s leading sire in 1970, succeeding the long reign of the perennial leader, Bold Ruler.”
— Richard Stone Reeves