Thoroughbred racehorses create artwork to benefit ReRun Thoroughbred adoption

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Funny Cide
Funny Cide, shown here at the Kentucky Horse Park, is one of the equine artists that created Moneighs to benefit ReRun Thoroughbred adoption. Photo: Leslie Potter

Fans of abstract art and Thoroughbred horses have the opportunity to own some unique home décor this week with the 2012 auction of “Moneighs.” A play on the name of French impressionist painter Claude Monet, Moneighs are paintings created by horses—with some human assistance—using paint brushes, tails, muzzles and/or whiskers to create abstract works of art.

The paintings in the current eBay auction were created by Thoroughbred race horses. Fittingly, the proceeds will go to ReRun, a group that facilitates adoptions of retired racehorses.

Among this year’s equine artists are:

  • Funny Cide, the 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner who currently resides at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Hall of Champions.
  • Dullahan, winner of this year’s Toyota Bluegrass Stakes and one of the top picks for the Kentucky Derby. He is one of the favorites for the Belmont Stakes in June.
  • Smarty Jones, the almost-winner of the 2004 Triple Crown. He won the Derby and Preakness and came in second in the Belmont Stakes that year.
  • Cigar, the stallion whose record of 16 consecutive wins (tied with Citation) was a longstanding record from when it was set in 1995 until it was surpassed by Zenyatta in 2010. Now 22 years old, Cigar is a longtime resident of the Kentucky Horse Park’s Hall of Champions.
  • Super Saver, winner of the 2010 Kentucky Derby.
  • Storm Cat, now 29 years old, the famous sire who at one time commanded the highest stud fee of any Thoroughbred in the world.
  • Go for Gin, the 1994 Kentucky Derby winner who has the distinction of being the oldest living Derby winner. He is also a resident of the Kentucky Horse Park’s Hall of Champions.

To view the Moneighs or place a bid, search “moneigh” on eBay, or click here.

To learn more about ReRun, visit www.rerun.org.

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