BY JOE BUTTWEILER Journal Times
The remains of the once-famous racehorse Jay Eye See may be laid to rest near the tomb of his owner, Jerome Increase Case.
Cemetery Supervisor Steve Bedard was authorized by the Racine Cemetery Commission this week to dig up the facts on whether such a burial would be permissible.
The Case family mausoleum in Mound Cemetery, 1147 West Blvd., will be renovated soon, Bedard said. The idea surfaced that it might be appropriate to bury the horse bones on the family plot.
“They own a nice piece of land there and want to dress it up," said Bedard, who took over as cemetery manager in March. “Since Jay Eye See was such a prominent horse, I just thought it might have some promotional value for us as a city. But can we do it or not? I'm waiting."
Jay Eye See was among the most famous horses in the world in the 1880s and 1890s. He set several harness-racing records and is still the only horse to set world records in two different gaits.
The horse was inducted into the Trotting Horse Museum Hall of Fame in 1990, and into the Wisconsin Harness Racing Hall of Fame last year.
Jay Eye See was featured on trading cards and Currier and Ives lithographs, and was used to sell cigars, a harness bit and, of course, farm implements.
Eighty-nine years after he was led out to pasture for the last time, the horse's bones were dug up July 2 from a Mount Pleasant field that is now being developed for new Menard's and Wal-Mart stores.
Bedard said dedicating a monument to Jay Eye See this year would fit into the city's sesquicentennial celebration.
Even if the horse's remains aren't buried in Mound Cemetery, they deserve a prominent memorial somewhere in the city, Bedard said.
However, there is concern whether the burial would set a precedent enabling other families to have their pets buried near loved ones in the city's cemeteries.
Bedard said the repairs to the Case family mausoleum will include tuckpointing and re-installation of an iron gate that had been removed.