Read All About It!  Aiken Racing Hall of Fame Horses in Cartoon Headlines.
June 10, 2018 - July 31, 2018 in the downstairs gallery

Sports cartoons were once the centerpiece of the American daily newspaper's sports page. These clever drawings conveyed a story or highlighted a sports star in a compact, simple illustration. Lucky sports fans had one person who could synthesize, inform, and visually illustrate a game and players for them – the sports cartoonist! During the first two-thirds of the Twentieth Century most daily newspapers featured a cartoonist who did sport (and political) cartoons on a regular basis. In the days of competitive journalism, a city like New York with its dozen-plus daily newspapers had an equal number of competing sports cartoonists. It was not unusual to have “yesterday’s game” portrayed with a cartoon in the morning paper. Unfortunately this form of entertainment is now becoming a dying art with the decline of print journalism. But in it heyday, sports cartoonists drew action-packed pieces with a brief storyline summarizing (and often commenting on) a person, team, or a sport itself. Many sport cartoonists rendered striking portraits of star athletes as part of their drawings. These originals not only capture a piece of history, but are incredible works of art as well. 
...Dave Karlen Original Art Blog
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The Kane Republican (Pennsylvania)
September 28, 1948
Brazil Daily Times (Indiana)
November 13, 1964
Brazil Daily Times (Indiana)
November 18, 1971
Fairborn Daily Herald (Ohio)
December 13, 1968
Charleston Gazette (West Virginia)
December 31, 1953
Corona Daily Independent (California) 						June 7, 1949
Galveston Daily News (Texas)						 November 16, 1945
Levittown Tribune 1948
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Herald-Examiner (Los Angeles, California) January 26, 1964
When told that Blue Peter, the 1948 Champion Two Year Old Colt, was buried under a large Live Oak Tree at the Aiken Training Track, Peb envisioned a ghostly resurrection that would encourage young horses in training to run faster.
Pierre “Peb” Bellocq  celebrated Kelso’s Horse of the Year Award (the 4th year in a row) with this cartoon.

The Morning Telegraph (New York)							November 26, 1963
Gamely, the only female in the 1968 & 1969 Inglewood Handicap, beat the boys in both races and became the inspiration for this cartoon.

Daily Racing Form							February 7, 1969
Shuvee preparing for her retirement in 1971 with owner,
Mrs. Whitney Stone and trainer, Willard C. “Mike” Freeman.

Daily Racing Form 1971
Los Angeles Times (California) 								February 28, 1969
Los Angeles Times (California) 								January 25, 1964
Daily Mirror (New York) 			    			June 19, 1935
The Nashua Telegraph  (New Hampshire) April 13, 1949
The Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio)
October 16, 1949
Las Cruces Sun News (New Mexico)
July 30, 1943
Ada Evening News (Oklahoma)
July 28, 1963