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Bye Bye Byrd 1959 Harness Horse of the Year by Allen F. Brewer Jr. - Print size 17" X 22", Image Size 11" X 14" - 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 BYE BYE BYRD the 1959 Harness Horse of the Year.

Richest Standardbred in the history of the breed is the fabulous Bye Bye Byrd, earner of $554,257. But money tells only part of the story of the remarkable young stallion at Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Larkin’s Popular Hill Farm, Lexington, Kentucky.

He won 50 races and finished out of money only 18 times in 101 starts. His total of 19 miles in 2:00 or better, all but one of them in actual races, far exceeds the total of any other horse. He established a dozen world marks; and was the undisputed world champion at the ages of three, four and five. His mile in 1:57-4/5 made him the first three-year-old to better 1:58, and his second heat in 1:58-4/5 gave him the two-heat standard as well. His clocking of 1:57-4/5 on a half-mile track at four made him the first harness horse to shade 1:58 on the smaller ovals. His three-heat record of 1:59-2/5, 1:58-2/5, 1:58-4/5 erased a mark that had stood for two decades. His tme trial of 1:56-1//5 at five was his ultimate time.

A son of the Poplar Hill stallion Poplar Byrd, p, 4, 1:59-3/5, Bye Bye Byrd is out of a daughter of the immortal Billy Direct, p, 4, 1:55. The grandam was a full sister to the mighty sire Adios.
Thus it is reasonable to expect great things as a sire from Bye Bye Byrd, who entered stud at Poplar Hill in 1961.

This would make a great Birthday, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s or Valentines Gift.
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 BYE BYE BYRD the 1959 Harness Horse of the Year.

Richest Standardbred in the history of the breed is the fabulous Bye Bye Byrd, earner of $554,257. But money tells only part of the story of the remarkable young stallion at Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Larkin’s Popular Hill Farm, Lexington, Kentucky.

He won 50 races and finished out of money only 18 times in 101 starts. His total of 19 miles in 2:00 or better, all but one of them in actual races, far exceeds the total of any other horse. He established a dozen world marks; and was the undisputed world champion at the ages of three, four and five. His mile in 1:57-4/5 made him the first three-year-old to better 1:58, and his second heat in 1:58-4/5 gave him the two-heat standard as well. His clocking of 1:57-4/5 on a half-mile track at four made him the first harness horse to shade 1:58 on the smaller ovals. His three-heat record of 1:59-2/5, 1:58-2/5, 1:58-4/5 erased a mark that had stood for two decades. His tme trial of 1:56-1//5 at five was his ultimate time.

A son of the Poplar Hill stallion Poplar Byrd, p, 4, 1:59-3/5, Bye Bye Byrd is out of a daughter of the immortal Billy Direct, p, 4, 1:55. The grandam was a full sister to the mighty sire Adios.
Thus it is reasonable to expect great things as a sire from Bye Bye Byrd, who entered stud at Poplar Hill in 1961.

This would make a great Birthday, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s or Valentines Gift.

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Bye Bye Byrd 1959 Harness Horse of the Year by Allen F. Brewer Jr. - Print size 17" X 22", Image Size 11" X 14" - Color

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