53| Richard Stone Reeves (American, 1910-2005)
Oil on canvas, 12" x 9"
$9,000 - $12,000
Eddie Arcaro is a Hall of Fame jockey who won more American classic races than any other jockey in history and is the only rider to have won the U.S. Triple Crown twice. He is widely regarded as one of the, if not the, greatest jockeys in the history of American Thoroughbred horse racing. Arcaro won his first race in 1932 at the Agua Caliente racetrack in Tijuana, Mexico; he was 16 years old. In 1934, he began to ride at the newly opened Narragansett Park but was relatively unknown, but in 1935 he would get his first mount for a Kentucky Derby contender named Nellie Flag who was owned by Calumet. While Arcaro did not win either race with Nellie Flag the association he made with Calumet would last for many years and produce some of the greatest winners in the history of the American turf. Richard Stone Reeves chose to paint Eddie Arcaro in the Calumet silks because of the immense success that Arcaro had when riding their horses. Arcaro won his first Kentucky Derby in 1938 aboard the Calumet owned Lawrin. He is tied with Bill Hartack for most Derby wins with five, and has the most wins in the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes with six. He won the U.S. Triple Crown in 1941 on Whirlaway and again in 1948 on Citation, both horses were owned by Calumet. His other Kentucky Derby wins came on Calumet's Hill Gail and Fred Hooper?s Hoop Jr. In addition to the American Classic wins Arcaro also won the Jockey Club Gold Cup 10 times, the Juvenile Stakes 7 times, the National Stallion Stakes 7 times, the Wood Memorial Stakes 9 times, the Suburban Handicap 8 times, the Withers Stakes 6 times, and the Kentucky Oaks 4 times. Arcaro rode some of the greatest horses of the 20th century including: Whirlaway, Citation, Ponder, Hoop Jr., Challedon, Kelso, Nashua, Mark-Ye-Well, Hill Prince, Bold Ruler, Sword Dancer, and Real Delight.
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