Down To The Wire: 12.23.14 – Doctor Syntax

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Painting 'Dr Syntax', a dark bay racehorse in a loose box, by John Frederick Herring Sr.

Painting ‘Dr Syntax’, a dark bay racehorse in a loose box, by John Frederick Herring Sr.

For all of you fans of British history, here’s a fun follow up to finding Richard III’s bones in a Leicester car park. Archaeologists may have discovered the skeleton of the legendary 19th century racehorse Doctors Syntax. In his heyday (1814 to 1823), this doctor won at least thirty-six races in ten seasons.

But this legend’s bones aren’t located in some lowly car park. No way! Bones matching Doctor Syntax’s description have been found in a stately resting place under the former royal stables of Palace House, one of the homes of King Charles II, in Newmarket, Suffolk. Charles II built Palace House in the 17th century as a grand residence allowing him to be as close as possible to his beloved racehorses.

DNA tests will be conducted to determine whether this archeological find is indeed the famous Doctor Syntax. But, who ever this horse is, one thing is for certain. British history has shown once again that horses fair way better in England than the ill-fated Richard III!

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