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Man o’ War

 
 
Man o' War Marker <i>(obverse) image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, July 1985
1. Man o' War Marker (obverse)
Inscription. (Obverse):
Fair Play - Mahubah, by Rock Sand
Greatest race horse and leading money winner of his day. Winner of twenty of twenty-one starts with lifetime earnings of $249,465. Foaled March 29, 1917, at August Belmont's Nursery Stud a few miles away. Sold at auction as yearling for $5,000 to Samuel D. Riddle, his owner throughout his racing career and later retirement. "Big Red" sired 62 stakes winners, his get earning over $3.5 million. War Admiral, Triple Crown winner, was most famous of his offspring. Man o' War died November 1, 1947; lies buried beneath this statue by noted sculptor Herbert Haseltine.

(Reverse):
Races Won By Man o' War
2 year old, 1919
Futurity Tremont Grand Union Hotel U.S. Hotel Hopeful Youthful Hudson Purse Race, at Belmont Keene Memorial
Won all entered as a 2 year old, except second in Sanford Memorial.

3 year old, 1920
Belmont Potomac Dwyer Preakness Jockey Club Stuyvesant Kenilworth Gold Cup Travers Lawrence Realization Withers Miller
Won all entered as a 3 year old, eight in record time.
 
Erected 1968 by The Thoroughbred Club of America, Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1215.)
 
Marker series.
Man o' War Marker <i>(reverse) image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud
2. Man o' War Marker (reverse)
This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 38° 8.959′ N, 84° 31.209′ W. Marker is in Lexington, Kentucky, in Fayette County. Marker is on Iron Works Pike. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4089 Iron Works Pike, Lexington KY 40511, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mt. Horeb Presbyterian Church (approx. 2.4 miles away); New Zion (approx. 2.6 miles away); Artistides (approx. 3.7 miles away); Georgetown Cemetery (approx. 4 miles away); Georgetown Cemetery Confederate Monument (approx. 4 miles away); Coldstream Farm (approx. 4.4 miles away); Georgetown College (approx. 4.6 miles away); Scott County Revolutionary War Memorial (approx. 4.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lexington.
 
More about this marker. Man O'War passed away at the age of 30 as the result of a failing heart. His lifetime companion and groom, Will Harbut, had died only a month earlier. He was embalmed and lay in state for several days in a specially made casket lined with his racing colors, the first horse ever buried this way. Twenty-nine years after his death, Man o' War was reinterred in 1976 at the Kentucky Horse Park.
 
Also see . . .
Man o' War Monument image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, July 1985
3. Man o' War Monument

1. Wikipedia entry for Man o' War. (Submitted on January 15, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. History of Man o' War. (Submitted on January 15, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
3. Wikipedia entry for Samuel D. Riddle, Man o' War's owner. (Submitted on January 15, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
4. Wikipedia entry for August Belmont, Man o' War's orginal breeder. (Submitted on January 15, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
5. Wikipedia entry for Kentucky Horse Park. Location of the Man o' War Monument. (Submitted on January 15, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Interesting facts on Man o' War
– Man o' War was bred by the son of the Belmont Park founder, whom the Belmont Stakes was named after.
– Man o' War did not win the Triple Crown.
– Man o' War set American records in races at 5 different distances.
– Big Red lost only one race to horse, ironically named Upset.
– Man o' War won by 100 lengths in one of those record-setting races.
– Big Red still won when saddled with an excessively high weight of 138 pounds.
– An Associated Press poll in the 1950s voted Man o' War the greatest thoroughbred
Kentucky Horse Park image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud
4. Kentucky Horse Park
of the first half of the 20th century.
– Man o' War beat the first Triple Crown winner, Sir Barton, in Man o' War's last race.
– Man o' War ironically never raced in Kentucky but spent the majority of his life in the state.
– Samuel Riddle, Big Red's owner, was offered a blank check for ownership of the horse, and Riddle turned it down.
    — Submitted January 15, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.

 
Categories. 20th CenturyAnimalsSports
 
The Heart Of Race Horse Country image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud
5. The Heart Of Race Horse Country
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,737 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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