NYRA and Nationwide Museum of Racing to Honor ‘Peb’

The New York Racing Affiliation, Inc. (NYRA) and the Nationwide Museum of Racing and Corridor of Fame will spotlight the profession and accomplishments of the famend cartoonist Pierre “Peb” Bellocq throughout a ceremony at Belmont Park on Saturday, July 9 as a part of the Stars and Stripes Racing Pageant.

Stars and Stripes Day options 4 graded stakes headlined by the Grade 1, $1 million Caesars Belmont Derby Invitational for sophomores and the Grade 1, $700,000 Belmont Oaks Invitational for 3-year-old fillies, which function the 10-furlong opening legs of the Caesars Turf Triple Sequence. Additionally featured on the profitable card is the Grade 2, $400,000 Suburban, a 10-furlong check for older horses; and the Grade 3, $150,000 Victory Trip, a 6 1/2-furlong dash for sophomore fillies.

In 2020, Bellocq was chosen to be a member of the Nationwide Museum of Racing’s Joe Hirsch Media Roll of Honor. Because of the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021, NYRA and the Racing Museum have but to carry a public occasion to commemorate this honor.

NYRA and the Nationwide Museum of Racing will honor Peb’s contributions in quite a lot of methods together with a race named in his honor adopted by a winner’s circle ceremony that includes Bellocq alongside household and buddies.

“The Nationwide Museum of Racing and Corridor of Fame wish to thank NYRA for generously providing to host this glorious day in honor of Peb, whose artwork and humor have captured the distinctive and vibrant characters and scenes of thoroughbred racing for generations,” stated Brien Bouyea, Communications Director on the Nationwide Museum of Racing and Corridor of Fame. “The racing world owes Peb an excessive amount of gratitude for his lifetime of distinguished work that has introduced a lot pleasure to the game.


Bellocq, 95, was born in France in 1926. At age 19, the French racing journal France Programs gave him nationwide publicity by publishing considered one of his cartoons of a jockey. Bellocq signed the drawing as “Peb,” a signature that turned his lifelong moniker.

By 1954, Bellocq’s work had achieved worldwide acclaim and he was contracted by Laurel Park proprietor John D. Schapiro to do drawings for the celebrated Washington, D.C. Worldwide Stakes. Bellocq determined to relocate to america and in 1955 accepted a proposal to work because the workers cartoonist for the Morning Telegraph and its sister paper, Each day Racing Type, a job he held till December 2008. Early on this profession, Bellocq additionally produced political cartoons for the Philadelphia Inquirer whereas concurrently working for the Type. Bellocq finally transitioned his major focus to thoroughbred racing.

Alongside along with his work for the Type, Bellocq has been commissioned by quite a few racetracks to supply vibrant murals capturing the flavour of the game. At Belmont Park, he created a mural which is featured prominently on the 2nd flooring of the clubhouse that includes all kinds of racing personalities. His large-scale cartoon collages have change into fixtures at Churchill Downs, Del Mar, Arlington, Oaklawn, Aqueduct, and The Meadowlands.

Bellocq has additionally produced a number of books; his first, printed in 1957, consisted of 150 cartoons and was titled “Peb’s Equine Comedy.” Bellocq additionally illustrated the 1969 Joe Hirsch e-book “A Treasury of Questions and Solutions from the Morning Telegraph and Each day Racing Type.” In 2004, he created drawings for creator Ed Hotaling’s e-book on Corridor of Fame jockey Jimmy Winkfield, whom Bellocq had recognized personally when the rider was dwelling and racing in his hometown of Maisons-Laffitte.

Bellocq has obtained quite a few awards for his work, which has been exhibited extensively. In 1980, he obtained an Eclipse Award for his contributions to racing and he was offered The Jockey Membership Medal in 2016. Bellocq additionally obtained the Nationwide Cartoonists Society 1991 Sports activities Cartoon Award and their 1999 Newspaper Illustration Award. In 1998, the Daniel Wildenstein Artwork Gallery in New York held an exhibition of Bellocq’s work titled The Racing World in Sketch and Caricature. From July 2004 by way of December 2005, the Nationwide Museum of Racing and Corridor of Fame placed on a particular exhibition of his works titled Peb: The Artwork of Humor, which celebrated his fiftieth anniversary of horse racing paintings in america.


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