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Saxon, a stately black racehorse, was the first to wear New York tobacco heir Pierre Lorillard’s signature racing colors of cherry & black. The stallion won the Belmont Stakes in 1874 and sired more winners in retirement. Saxon’s career, respectable as it was, paled in comparison to his unassuming stable mate: the indefatigable PAROLE.
Born in 1873, PAROLE had the physical bearing of a field horse. He was hardly expected to be a champion—but win he did, all around the nation and across the Pond too. The English labeled him the “Yankee Mule,” and described him as “light-necked, rough-coated, leggy and curby knocked”. PAROLE quickly became one of the few American horses ever to win prime English events. When he retired at twelve, he had earned more money than any racehorse in America. He inspired a feverish new interest in racing—even inspiring an NYC crafted spirit, “PAROLE Whiskey."