Antebellum Turf Times is a publication dedicated to American’s first national pastime—the history of thoroughbred racing in America in the early 19th century.
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Many of the articles featured in Antebellum Turf Times are excerpts of a book-in-progress chronicling the early history of New Orleans thoroughbred racing.
About Life on the Metairie—Masthead Image
The Antebellum Turf Times’ masthead image is Life on the Metairie, an 1867 oil painting depicting a Reconstruction Era reunion race meeting at the Metairie Race Course in New Orleans. The original painting, which measured 56” x 72” and was created by artists Theodore S. Moise and Victor Pierson, had been in the possession of the Fair Grounds Race Course until it was destroyed by the devastating grandstand fire of 1993.
According to The Race Horses of America 1832-1872 by Alexander Mackay-Smith, three turfmen of distinction captured in the painting include Duncan F. Kenner, who stands sixth from the left, wearing a yellow waistcoat. Standing to the right of the chestnut in the middle of the painting are Colonel Adam L.Bingaman [grey suit and hat] and William J. Minor [pale suit, to the right of Bingaman] of Natchez, Mississippi.
Confederate General P.T.G. Beauregard is reportedly “recognizable” in the painting (information confirming his location is welcomed—Ed.); in the painting’s right corner, Beauregard may be the man seated on the left side of the carriage. Most of the crowd appears to be looking in his direction – including Moise himself, who is the second man (with gray hair, holding a cane) standing to the left of the carriage and the horse next to it (the rider of which faces Beauregard).