The Standardbred is one of the best-known racing breeds in the world. Developed in the United States and first registered as Standardbreds in the late 1800s, they got their name from the fact that historically the horse had to meet racing speed standards in order to be registered. The Standardbred’s foundation includes Thoroughbred, Morgan, and Narragansett Pacer bloodlines. Standardbreds can be seen flying down the harness racing track at either a pace, a two-beat lateral gait where the foreleg and hindleg on the same side move in unison, or a trot. Their well-muscled shoulders and hindquarters give them incredible power, making them the fastest trotting horse in the world, and allowing them to reach speeds upwards of 30mph while pulling their jockey on a sulky cart behind them.
Constantia is a fine example of a racing fit mare in her prime. Sculpted by the same talented artist who created Breyer’s Lonesome Glory, Constantia has been captured mid-trot. With her determined expression, phenomenal leg extension, and mane and tail flying behind her, it’s not hard to picture this beauty tearing down the racetrack to raucous cheers.
While Standardbreds are commonly bay, sabino markings have been known to appear on occasion. In her first work for Breyer, artist Kristen Cermele gave Constantia a spectacular bay sabino pinto coat. A chalky basecoat really allows her gorgeous shading to come through, and thoughtful details like detailed eyes, mapped white markings, and “kissy spots” in her blaze and slight sun bleaching in her mane and tail breathe life into this powerful mare.