"The First Meeting, Jerome Park, N.Y." Hand-Colored Lithograph, circa 1873

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This hand-colored print, "The First Meeting, Jerome Park, N.Y." was drawn by the artist George Schlegel and published by H. Schile, New York, in 1873.

Jerome Park Racetrack was a thoroughbred horse racing facility from 1866 to 1894. The racetrack was located in a part of Westchester County, New York that was annexed into the Bronx in 1874. It was operated by the American Jockey Club and financed by Leonard W. Jerome and August Belmont, Sr.--for whom the racetrack and the Belmont Stakes race were named after, respectively. The Belmont Stakes is the oldest, the longest, and the final leg of the three Triple Crown races. It was held at Jerome Park from its inception in 1867 until 1890, which was also the year that August Belmont, Sr. died. This print dramatically captures the energy, athleticism, and elegance of American horse racing, and celebrates this great sporting tradition. 

Framed dimensions: 26 1/4" H x 32 1/4 "W x 1 3/4" D

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