It was given to me by the owner of the winner of this race, C.N. Ray of Evergreen Farms. The winning horse was Mill Native and I was later sent to Cardiff Stud to paint his portrait.
HISTORY: “In 1981 Arlington was the home of the world’s first million dollar race, The Arlington Million. The result of that race is immortalized in bronze at the top of the paddock at Arlington, where a statue of jockey Bill Shoemaker riding John Henry ( he just recently died) to a thrilling come-from-behind victory over 40-1 long shot The Bart celebrates thoroughbred racing’s inaugural million dollar race.” The race was run at Woodbine in 1988 since Arlington was closed for 1988 and 1989.
Arlington Million (cached image)