“It took twenty-two telegrams to get Equipoise, the handicap champion, across the country, but he’s here and so is Rex.
Rex, a German Schnauzer, is Equipoise’s mascot, guardian of the horse who comes closest to threatening Sun Beau’s all-time winning record of approximately $380,000.
Rex came across the country from Lexington, Ky., with Equipoise and eleven other horses belonging to the C. V. Whitney string. They arrived bright and early yesterday morning – Rex with the idea of keeping strangers from Equipoise’s stall and Equipoise with the thought of winning the $100,000 Santa Anita Handicap next February 23. And they shipped without the slightest ill effects. That pleased Rex – also the bone he was tossed on arrival.
Twenty Grand, Ladysman, Head Play and other stars have constant visitors. But nobody will go near Equipoise’s stall. Any horse who has won approximately $340,000 since he first went to the racing wars four years ago deserves consideration. And Rex looks out for that. He keeps constant vigil over his precious master. He’ll nip you if you get too close.
Aside from Rex the big thing about the Equipoise arrival was the utter confounding of all previous reports as the short, be-muscled charger’s temperament.
He had been built up as an irritable old fuss budget who wouldn’t stand for pictures or greetings or movie stars. There weren’t any of the latter present, but the 6-year-old chestnut priced up his ears as he stepped onto the unloading platform, looked the crowd over and went down the runway as unconcerned as a boy playing marbles.
In fact he outdid Twenty Grand, hailed as the king of horses for patience and gentleness.
The score and more of telegrams were dispatched across the country by the Southern Pacific to see that the engineers didn’t jolt Equipoise out of his stall or disturb his afternoon nap.
It pays to be a king, especially among horses. …”
(Paul Lowry / Los Angeles Times, 12/18/1934)