The 2013 poster artwork, “Dead Heat,” shows the historic dead-heat finish from last year’s Travers Stakes race between Alpha and Golden Ticket. It was the first official dead heat in the history of the Midsummer Derby. Once before, in 1874, Attila and Acrobat raced to a tie, but were made to race again, with Attila carrying the day.
Clearly, I just had to make this event the subject of this year’s poster. As the two front-runners weren’t shoulder to shoulder at the finish — they were about six feet (two meters) apart — I had to find a way to get both racers into the same vertical frame of the tall, thin poster. I think the low-angle image showing not only the horses and jockeys, but the distinctive spires of Saratoga’s iconic roofline as well, solves the problem.
I am pleased and honored to depict the amazing jockeys in this cliff-hanger. David Cohen, riding Golden Ticket, was excellent; but Ramon Dominguez, riding the favorite, Alpha, was riveting. The news this summer is that Mr. Dominguez has suffered a severe injury and has retired from riding. I will miss this remarkable gentleman and superb athlete where we saw him most — in the Winner’s Circle. Thank you, Ramon, and Godspeed.
Production Details:This is the 28th poster in The Colors of Racing poster series.17" x 33" (43.2 cm x 83.8 cm) Limited Edition (The Travers/Saratoga posters are never reprinted)Paper: McCoy 80 lb. dull cover - FSC Responsible Forestry CertifiedInks: Five colors plus off-line varnishTypeface: Adobe GaramondPrinter: Snyder Printing, Inc., Troy, NY
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