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King - Beautiful chestnut thoroughbred on the animal adventure NATIONAL VELVET/NBC/1960-62.

King the Horse and Lori Martin as Velvet Brown - National Velvet - Dell Comic Book Cover

King (short for "Blaze King") belonged to Velvet Brown (Lori Martin), a young girl living on a dairy farm in the Midwest whose dream was to someday enter the Grand National Steeplechase. Mi Taylor (James McCallion), an ex-jockey, costarred as King's trainer.

The series was based on the story "National Velvet" (1935) written by Enid Bagnold which originally was set in England. Her story inspired a successful MGM movie National Velvet (1944) starring Elizabeth Taylor and Mickey Rooney.

The novel featured a piebald horse, a black & white pinto with large distinct patches. King was changed to a sorrel gelding for the film.


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