John Henry & Bill Shoemaker

78| Pierre (Peb) Bellocq (French, b. 1926)

John Henry & Bill Shoemaker

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Watercolor and bodycolor, 25" x 23"

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$4000 - $6000

PEB produced this work to commemorate jockey Bill Shoemaker’s win aboard John Henry in the inaugural running of the Arlington Million in 1981. With their narrow victory over The Bart, the duo became the first to win a million-dollar race. This work was reproduced as prints that were given away at the second running of the Arlington Million in 1982.

One of horse racing’s legendary riders, Shoemaker captured almost every conceivable race and award in the sport. John Henry retired with 39 wins, more than $6.5 million in earnings, and two Eclipse Awards for Horse of the Year. John Henry would win the Arlington Million again in 1984, becoming the oldest horse to win the race and its only two-time winner. Today a bronze statue of Shoemaker aboard John Henry and just ahead of The Bart overlooks the Arlington Park paddock.


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