Jason Holley
The Legend of Black Gold
Garden and Gun Magazine

This was a portrait of Black Gold, the racehorse who won the 1924
Kentucky Derby, as well as several other notable races. Forced to race
long past his prime, he broke his leg in front of a hometown crowd and
was immediately euthanized on the infield of the New Orleans Fair Grounds.
Spectators lined up to clip pieces of his tail and mane, flags were flown at
half mast and children were excused from school the next day to attend
the burial. When the Seabiscuit biographer, Laura Hillenbrand, was asked
if she would consider writing the story of Black Gold, she said, “I can’t,
it’s too sad.”