72| Richard Stone Reeves (American, 1910-2005)

Arts And Letters Withbaeza Up

Oil on board, 13" x 16"

12000 - 15000

Signed, incribedIllustrated: Richard Stone Reeves and Jim Bolus, Royal Blood: Fifty Years of Classic Thoroughbreds, p. 131Arts and Letters was the 1969 Horse of the Year. Owned by Paul Mellon's Rokeby Stables, he is perhaps best known for his Triple Crown campaign. He developed into a good racehorse in the spring of his 3-year-old year and won the Blue Grass Stakes by an impressive 15 lengths, still the widest winning margin in the race's history. Then came the Derby. Arts and Letters finished second by a neck to the heavily favored Majestic Prince. He narrowed the margin in the Preakness and lost to Majestic Prince by only a head. His trainer, Elliot Burch, successfully ran him in the Metropolitan Handicap eight days before the Belmont, giving the horse some much needed confidence. Arts and Letters won the 1969 Belmont, defeating Majestic Prince by 5 1/2 lengths. After the race Mellon said,


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