Horse Racing Legends | Man O War

Man o' War, (March 29, 1917, Nursery Stud farm, Lexington, Kentucky -- November 1, 1947, Faraway Farm) is considered one of the greatest Thoroughbred racehorses of all time. During his career just after World War I, he won 20 of 21 races and $249465 in purses. By the prominent sire Fair Play, his dam Mahubah was by the UK Triple Crown Champion, Rock Sand. Man o' War was owned and bred by August Belmont, Jr. (1851--1924), whose father's accomplishments were recognized through the naming of the Belmont Stakes. Belmont Jr. joined the United States Army at age 65 to serve in France during World War I. While he was overseas, his wife named a new foal "Man o' War" in honor of her husband. However, the Belmonts decided to liquidate their racing stable. At the Saratoga yearling sale in 1918, Man o' War was sold at a final bid of $5000 to Samuel D. Riddle, who brought him to his Glen Riddle Farm near Berlin, Maryland. The underbidder at the auction was believed to be Robert L. Gerry, Sr.

 

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