Stage Door Johnny, Greentree Stables

57| Henry Koehler (American, 1927-2018)

Stage Door Johnny, Greentree Stables


Signed, Inscribed verso dated 1968

Oil on canvas, 18" x 24"

$3,000 - $5,000

Signed, Inscribed verso dated 1968

Stage Door Johnny solved a great dilemma in the racing world by winning the 1968 Belmont Stakes. The bright chestnut with a bold blaze, similar to that of California Chrome, ended the debate as to whether Forward Pass, the winner by disqualification of the Kentucky Derby and outright winner of the Preakness Stakes, could be a Triple Crown winner. Named champion three-year-old male of 1968, Stage Door Johnny was raced by his breeder, Greentree Stud, and retired to stud there. He died on the farm of his birth in 1996 at the age of 31 and is buried on land that is now part of Gainesway Farm.

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