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Lexington in Fayette County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)

The Years at Stud

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Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 23, 2022
1. The Years at Stud Marker
Inscription.  Man o' War's last public appearance in racing colors was on January 28, 1921. At that time, he was cantered past his fans at the Kentucky Association track in Lexington, Kentucky. His next home was the Hinata Stock Farm near Lexington where he began life as a stud in the care of Miss Elizabeth Daingerfield.

Man o' War was almost as successful as a sire as he was on the race track. Not all great race horses have been able to “throw” their talents to their descendants, but he did so in spectacular fashion. Of his 379 named foals, 291 went on to race and 64 of these were stakes winners, an incredibly high 17 per cent. Of his first 90 foals, 26 were stakes winners, an even more incredible 29 per cent, considering that the average for the breed is about three per cent.

Yet this record was compiled against odds. He was never bred to more than 25 mares in a season so his total crop of 379 named foals in 22 seasons at stud was less than a horse of his quality produces today. And these mares have been described as mostly “nondescript” and “singularly undistinguished”.

Man o' War became America's leading site in 1926 when his
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racing progeny earned a then-record $408,137. The best horse Man o' War sired was champion War Admiral, winner of the Triple Crown in 1937, and in turn, America's leading sire in 1945. Other champions sired by Man o' War included American Flag, Crusader, Bateau, Scapa Flow, Edith Cavell, Maid at Arms, and Florence Nightingale.

Man o' War's chestnut son, Battleship, was a stakes winner on the flat, and when trained over jumps, won the Grand National Steeplechase at Belmont Park; two years later, Battleship became the first American-owned and American-bred winner of the historic Aintree Grand National in England. Man o' War also sired Blockade, three-time winner of the Maryland Hunt Cup, and Holystpne, a champion show jumper.

A champion racehorse and sire of champions, Man o' War was described by Joe Palmer, “As near to a living flame as horses ever get, and horses get closer to this than anything else. It was not merely that he smashed his opposition, sometimes by a hundred lengths, or that he set world records, or he cared not a tinker's curse for weight, or distance, or track, or horses …

… “All horses, and particularly all stallions, like to run, exultant in their strength and power. Most of them run within themselves, as children run at play. But Man o' War, loose in his paddock at Faraway, dug in as if the prince of all the fallen angels were at his
Man o' War at Stud image. Click for full size.
L.S. Sutcliffe (Public Domain), 1926
2. Man o' War at Stud
throat-latch, and great chunks of sod sailed up behind the lash of his power. Watching, you felt that there had never been, nor could ever be again, a horse like this.” sowi
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsSports. A significant historical date for this entry is January 28, 1921.
Location. 38° 8.927′ N, 84° 31.232′ W. Marker is in Lexington, Kentucky, in Fayette County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Iron Works Parkway and Iron Works Pike. Marker is at the Man o' War gravesite and memorial in Kentucky Horse Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4089 Iron Works Pkwy, Lexington KY 40511, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Race He Lost (here, next to this marker); Will Harbut and Man o' War (a few steps from this marker); The Three-Year-Old (a few steps from this marker); The Two-Year-Old (a few steps from this marker); Descendants in Man o' War's Memorial Gravesite (a few steps from this marker); African Americans in Racing (a few steps from this marker); The Mostest Hoss (a few steps from this marker); Isaac Burns Murphy (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 30, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 30, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 85 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 30, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
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