California Chrome–Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner and early favorite to win Saturday’s Belmont Stakes–has been captured in oil by Agoura Hills artist Fred Stone. “I have been painting literally night and day and have finished my painting of CALIFORNIA CHROME,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
The famed equine artist has painted Triple Crown winners six times in the last 36 years, he told CV Happening. Stone will send the artwork to print on Monday, and should be available in signed limited edition paper prints and canvas giclees in about two weeks, he said.
Also in the image is jocky Victor Espinoza, who’s been in constant contact with Stone. If the thoroughbred wins the race, California Chrome will become horse racing’s 12th Triple Crown champion.
On Facebook, he wrote:
Having owned & bred Thoroughbreds myself, I am aware of the pitfalls that can occur. I just am hoping that the horse stays sound and healthy.
Stone said he won’t be glued to the TV set on Saturday. “I don’t want to give myself a heart attack with nervousness,” he said. “I’ll wait to hear the results afterward.” Anyone interested in pre-ordering can reach Stone through his website at www.fredstone.com.
The Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune have called Stone the most famous painter of horses in the world. His work hangs in the homes of some of the world’s most notable people, including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and in the office of President George W. Bush in the White House. He has been featured on NBC, ABC and ESPN television. During the past thirty-six years, over 90 percent of his limited edition prints have been sold out, with some of them fetching as much as $10,000 on the secondary market. More people own a Fred Stone print than that of any other horse artist in history, making him the most sought after equine artist in the world (US Art Magazine).
Stone’s poster titled Partners, which depicts a fireman and his search dog, has now raised over one half million dollars for the ASPCA, Canine Search & Rescue, the Oklahoma Memorial and the families of firemen who died on 9/11. This poster now hangs in the White House.
His large murals adorn the walls of many major race tracks, hotels, homes and casinos throughout North America and Europe, including Moscow, Russia. His mural titled Longchamp Paris, the world’s largest equine mural measuring 14 feet tall by 120 feet, can be seen in the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas.
The late Jack Klugman, well known actor and horseman, said it best about Fred Stone’s work: “These aren’t just paintings; they are history.”