Henry Stull (American, 1851-1913)
THE PARADER, JOCKEY UP IN THE COLORS OF MONTPELIER STABLES
Oil on canvas, 25" x 30"
Signed, dated 1901
Provenance: Thomas J. Healey, New Jersey (acquired directly from the artist). Margaret Healey (his daughter) thence by descent.
The Parader was bred by the Belle Meade Stud of Nashville, sired by Longstreet (the leading American racehorse of 1891), out of Pretence. The Parader was owned by Richard T. Wilson Jr. and ridden under the familiar gold and green colors of his Montpelier Stables. The New York Times reported that in the 1901 Preakness Stakes, "The Parader, with an actual run of a quarter of a mile, and very badly ridden at that, won the Preakness Stakes...After looking as though beaten...The Parader ran over his opponents at the first chance...winning so easily that Landry took him up...but was forced again to go riding within a few yards of the finish. The Parader responded instantly, and won easily at the post, though the queer maneuvers of his rider caused much uneasiness to the backers of the favorite." In addition to the Preakness Stakes, The Parader also won the Withers Stakes and the Lawrence Realization Stakes and ran second in the Belmont Stakes. He was retired to Hal Price Headley's Beaumont Stud in Lexington, Kentucky.
In 1896, Mr. Wilson and H. P. Whitney joined forces with a group of investors to purchase Saratoga Race Course and Mr. Wilson served as president of the Saratoga Racing Association. Wilson hired Thomas J. Healey to manage his racing stables, an arrangement that spanned more than three decades. Under Healey's care, Wilson's Montpelier Stables won many of horse racing's top stakes of the day, including the Preakness Stakes, the Belmont Stakes, and Travers Stakes an impressive three times.