Description of Salt Lake
The subject of this painting is 1989 Thoroughbred stallion, Salt Lake.
Salt Lake is by one of my favorite Thoroughbred stallions, Deputy Minister. I first saw Salt Lake on the cover of The Blood Horse after his gutsy and amazing win in the Hopeful Stakes. I read about his exploits periodically throughout his career then, like so many horses, he retired and I lost track of him.
An article on a farm dispersal at the beginning of 2010 led to thoughts of Salt Lake, which led to an Internet search that took me to Golden Eagle Farm in Ramona, California, where Salt Lake stood at stud.
I was surprised and delighted to learn “Salty” was the leading active California sire by lifetime stakes winners and earnings. I was even more delighted to find a video that showed him hale and hearty and enjoying life at Golden Eagle. Talk about getting choked up!
The end of that long and rather circuitous though interesting story is that my request for photographs resulted in two very good images by Equine Operations Manager, Lori Piedra.
It had been my hope that this drawing would be a happy one, but shortly after I received the photographs, I read that Salt Lake had died from colic surgery complications at the age of 21.
So the original thoughts of a portrait took on added meaning. A tribute to a great horse whose Hopeful Stakes victory still captivates me.
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