Prince Alert, a King among Light Harness Horses [1903 stereo card]. William H. Rau, stereo card publisher.

Prince Alert, a King among Light Harness Horses [1903 stereo card]

Philadelphia: Sold by Universal View Co., Philadelphia and Lawrence, KS, 1903. No stated edition. Very good stereo card, printed in rich sharp tones. The back is plain. Very good. Item #16989

The title continues, "Mile Pacing Record made in 1903, 1 min. 57 seconds." Prince Alert made racing history when he became the first Standardbred to pace a mile in under 2 minutes while wearing hobbles. Hobbles were still controversial then; the stereo shows boots and a contraption on his forelegs only. They didn't help him when he faced the free-pacing Dan Patch, however. Nor did the "extra strong coffee and whiskey" that his trainer Matt Demarest admitted giving him before the race. (Information from "The Era of the 'Hopped Up' Horse" on Ken Zurski's Unremembered History site.) Can be sent outside the US for less than the default shipping rate.

Price: $35.00

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