Warren Wright Presented With Portrait of Armed: Receives Reeves Painting From Publishers of Daily Racing Form, Daily Racing Form, 1948-06-12


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Warren Wright Presented With Portrait of Armed ArmedReceives Receives Reeves Painting From Publishers of Daily Racing Form FormBELMONT BELMONT PARK Elmont L L N Y June 11 A great horse a great stable and a great sportsman were honored by DAILY RACING FORM at a luncheon in the Turf and Field Club at Belmont Park today The horse is Armed the stable is Calumet Farm and the sportsman is Warren Wright own ¬ er of Calumet and its splendid racers and bloodstock bloodstockDAILY DAILY RACING FORMS tribute to Armed who was voted 1947s Horse of the Year in Triangle Publications annual poll is a handsome portrait of the gelding by the noted young artist Richard Stone Reeves and which was presented to Wright by J Samuel Perlman general manager of this newspaper at todays function which was attended by more than 50 officials owners breeders and members of the press pressIn In a brief presentation speech Perlman said that he and the firm he represents were the ones actually honored by being able to offer this tangible evidence of Armeds recognition as Horse of the Year to owner Wright He also paid tribute to Calumets great achievements in recent seasons seasonsAccepting Accepting the painting Wright said that it was one of the high moments of his life and then took pains to give full credit to Ben A Jones his son Jimmy and stud manager Paul Ebelhardt for having de ¬ veloped Calumet Farm to its present dom ¬ inant position in the turf world worldFor For many years trackmen correspond ¬ ents and handicappers throughout the country on the staff of this newspaper have participated in an annual poll in which the leading thoroughbreds in all divisions are designated on a point basis The outstanding horse of the entire season regardless of his division is termed the Horse of the Year YearUntil Until this year the onwer of the horse judged the king of them all received no material token of the honor accorded his colorbearer Several months ago Reeves was commissioned to paint Armeds por ¬ trait as a tribute to the great gelding and the presentation of this portrait to Wright marks the inauguration of a new policy by the publishers one which is to be contin ¬ ued every season seasonArmed Armed was named the Horse of the Year by 25 of the 28 participants in the 1947 poll He richly deserved this honor for his record included triumphs in the McLennan Widener Gulfstream Park Stars and Stripes Arlington and Wash ¬ ington Park handicaps and the Whirlaway Stakes The Special and Sysonby Mile Following MileFollowing todays luncheon Wright sug ¬ gested that an annual trophy should be presented to the owner of the winner of the Triple Crown in the years that one horse succeeded in capturing the Kentucky Derby Preakness and Belmont Stakes He said that he did not feel such an award should be given this year when he has such an excellent chance of winning the mythi ¬ cal crown with Citation but that he would be glad to contribute 1000 toward a tro ¬ phy in future years yearsArmeds Armeds portrait is to be sent to Calumet Farm at Lexington Ky where Wright said it would be displayed with paintings of several of his stars of other years

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