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Tea Time With Katina And Leah

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I love to watch horse racing, and am looking forward to the Belmont Stakes this Saturday, June 8.  I know it’s moving from Belmont Park to Saratoga Springs for renovation. I have never been to a horse race in person nor do I bet on which horse will win, but it’s still fun, especially if there’s a Triple Crown Winner. Sadly not this year. 

Following up on the horse theme, I saw that Christie’s is having an auction in July for a lyrical masterpiece by the preeminent equine artist, George Stubbs, reportedly the “greatest-ever painter of horses.” Mares and Foals in an extensive landscape (1769). The story goes that when the horse (Whistlejacket) was being led back and forth by a stable boy, the horse got a glimpse of himself on the artist’s easel. Thinking it was a rival stallion, Whistlejacket tried  to kick and fight it. The artist had to intervene. Seems like it must have been an accurate representation. christies.com

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