Great Horses in a Great Race
Original Author: J. Cameron, artist; Currier & Ives, publisher
Created: ca. 1891
Medium: Chromolithograph
Publisher: Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division

Great Horses in a Great Race

Two thoroughbreds head for the finish line in this depiction of a horse race held in Brooklyn, New York, in June 1890. According to renowned thoroughbred pedigree expert Anne Peters, of Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Kentucky, by 1900 it was "virtually impossible" to find a pedigree of any "significant" American-bred thoroughbred that didn't have multiple strains of ancestry from the stallion Fearnought. Imported from England by John Baylor III in 1764, Fearnought became Virginia's premier breeding horse, and, according to a leading nineteenth-century chronicler of race horses, "one of the most distinguished stallions ever in America."