Lexington in Fayette County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Man o’ War
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. 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. Touch 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). Touch for a list and map 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 . . .
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.)
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
– 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 Century • Animals • Sports •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 15, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,790 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 15, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.