Rattler ... Belonging to Dr. William Thornton of the City of Washington, will stand the ensuing season ...
[Washington, D.C.]: Washington Gazette Office, January 21, 1822. Letterpress broadside. Sheet size: 11 x 10 3/4 inches. Signed in print by Robert Early. Trimmed at the top.
Unrecorded stud broadside for a champion Virginia race horse.
Rattler, owned by the Capitol architect William Thornton, was the eighth son sired by Sir Archie, America's first great thoroughbred stallion; his dam being Robin Red-breast. Foaled in 1816, Rattler would win 16 races over his career, including 14 detailed on this broadside "against the best horses in Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia" and was only beaten because of a split hoof by his half sister Lady Lightfoot. The broadside, which advertises Rattler to stand at $25 a mare at two different farms in Frederick and Jefferson County, Virginia, proclaims him "one of the most vigorous stallions ever seen" and "the best bred horse on the continent."