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GREYHOUND Horse of the Century by Allen F. Brewer Jr. - Print size 18.5" X 23.25", Image Size 12" X 16" - Color

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Allen Brewer - who was recognized as one of the foremost equine artists of his time – had his life tragically brought to an end in a plane crash September 21, 1967. Among his commissions were such stellar equine stars as Man o’ War, Nashua, Carry Back and Kauai King to name just a few. Although most of the original paintings are currently privately owned - occasionally - lithographs become available for sale. The production of these prints ceased shortly after Allen’s death - making those still available quite rare.

This print has been in storage since 1967 and has slight discolorations around the print border which does not distract from the beauty of the print and would be easily covered up when matted and framed.

Offered for auction from the Brewer estate, is this rare print of the Horse of the Century, Greyhound.

Greyhound was a grey Standardbred gelding by Guy Abbey out of Elizabeth by Peter the Great. Born in 1932, Greyhound was the outstanding trotting horse of his day and arguably the most outstanding in the history of the sport. He was nicknamed "The Great Grey Ghost" and "Silver-skinned Flyer."

In 1935, he won the Hambletonian race and in 1938 he lowered the record time for trotting the mile to 1:55¼. This record stood until 1969. He trotted 25 two-minute miles and at one time held fourteen world records. He once raced in double harness, hitched to the great trotting mare Rosalind. He was retired in 1940 to Red Gate Farm in St. Charles, Illinois. During his twenty years of retirement, Greyhound was immensely popular among horse enthusiasts around the country. As he aged, his coat whitened, and his owners painted his hooves red and draped garlands of roses over his back, a color combination that became iconic of the horse. Greyhound was so popular that his owner, Col. Edward J. Baker, allowed visitors to see the horse until February 1965 when he died at the age of 33.

Greyhound was honored as Horse of the Century after his death.

The greatest trotter of all time, Greyhound set 25 world records, 16 of which still stood at his death in 1965 at the age of 33. He literally trotted himself out of competition, and in many of his appearances the clock was his only opponent. Often, too, the time records he strove to break were those he had established himself.

He set world trotting records of a mile in 1:55 ¼ , 1 ½ miles in 3:02 ½ and two miles in 4:06. He set age records for a gelding at the standard mile distance of 2:00 as a three-year-old and 1:57 ¼ as a four-year-old. His records in races (as distinguished from records made against time) of 1:57 ¼ ; two heats in 2:02 were all the best ever recorded for geldings. On a half-mile track he established an all-age record of 1:59 3/5 and a four-year-old record of 2:02. He and the great mare Rosalind established a team-to-pole record of 1:58 ¼ . And Greyhound trotted under saddle in 2:01 ¾ for still another world record.

Bred by the late Henry H. Knight’s Almahurst Farm, Greyhound was sold as a yearling at the Indianapolis Speed Sale for $900 to Col. E. J. Baker, owner of Bakers Acres. Under the direction of “Sep” Palin, Greyhound won 71 of 82 starts and $54,505 up to the age of eight. Among his victories were the Hambletonian, Championship Stallion and Empire State Stakes and the Transylvania.

Even after he was retired to Col. Baker’s Northbrook, Ill., farm, Greyhound was frequently taken to various tracks to appear in exhibition miles up until 1947. When Col. Baker sold the farm, his former farm manager, R. C. “Doc” Flanery, moved Greyhound to his own Maple Park, Ill., farm, where the great gelding continued to hold court for his admirers until a few days before his death on Feb 4, 1965.
Allen Brewer - who was recognized as one of the foremost equine artists of his time – had his life tragically brought to an end in a plane crash September 21, 1967. Among his commissions were such stellar equine stars as Man o’ War, Nashua, Carry Back and Kauai King to name just a few. Although most of the original paintings are currently privately owned - occasionally - lithographs become available for sale. The production of these prints ceased shortly after Allen’s death - making those still available quite rare.

This print has been in storage since 1967 and has slight discolorations around the print border which does not distract from the beauty of the print and would be easily covered up when matted and framed.

Offered for auction from the Brewer estate, is this rare print of the Horse of the Century, Greyhound.

Greyhound was a grey Standardbred gelding by Guy Abbey out of Elizabeth by Peter the Great. Born in 1932, Greyhound was the outstanding trotting horse of his day and arguably the most outstanding in the history of the sport. He was nicknamed "The Great Grey Ghost" and "Silver-skinned Flyer."

In 1935, he won the Hambletonian race and in 1938 he lowered the record time for trotting the mile to 1:55¼. This record stood until 1969. He trotted 25 two-minute miles and at one time held fourteen world records. He once raced in double harness, hitched to the great trotting mare Rosalind. He was retired in 1940 to Red Gate Farm in St. Charles, Illinois. During his twenty years of retirement, Greyhound was immensely popular among horse enthusiasts around the country. As he aged, his coat whitened, and his owners painted his hooves red and draped garlands of roses over his back, a color combination that became iconic of the horse. Greyhound was so popular that his owner, Col. Edward J. Baker, allowed visitors to see the horse until February 1965 when he died at the age of 33.

Greyhound was honored as Horse of the Century after his death.

The greatest trotter of all time, Greyhound set 25 world records, 16 of which still stood at his death in 1965 at the age of 33. He literally trotted himself out of competition, and in many of his appearances the clock was his only opponent. Often, too, the time records he strove to break were those he had established himself.

He set world trotting records of a mile in 1:55 ¼ , 1 ½ miles in 3:02 ½ and two miles in 4:06. He set age records for a gelding at the standard mile distance of 2:00 as a three-year-old and 1:57 ¼ as a four-year-old. His records in races (as distinguished from records made against time) of 1:57 ¼ ; two heats in 2:02 were all the best ever recorded for geldings. On a half-mile track he established an all-age record of 1:59 3/5 and a four-year-old record of 2:02. He and the great mare Rosalind established a team-to-pole record of 1:58 ¼ . And Greyhound trotted under saddle in 2:01 ¾ for still another world record.

Bred by the late Henry H. Knight’s Almahurst Farm, Greyhound was sold as a yearling at the Indianapolis Speed Sale for $900 to Col. E. J. Baker, owner of Bakers Acres. Under the direction of “Sep” Palin, Greyhound won 71 of 82 starts and $54,505 up to the age of eight. Among his victories were the Hambletonian, Championship Stallion and Empire State Stakes and the Transylvania.

Even after he was retired to Col. Baker’s Northbrook, Ill., farm, Greyhound was frequently taken to various tracks to appear in exhibition miles up until 1947. When Col. Baker sold the farm, his former farm manager, R. C. “Doc” Flanery, moved Greyhound to his own Maple Park, Ill., farm, where the great gelding continued to hold court for his admirers until a few days before his death on Feb 4, 1965.

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GREYHOUND Horse of the Century by Allen F. Brewer Jr. - Print size 18.5" X 23.25", Image Size 12" X 16" - Color

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