The legendary Man O' War is credited for
rescuing American horse racing in the 1920s. Born in
1917, he made his racing debut two years later, winning
three stakes races in just 17 days.
Man O' War gained the reputation of being a "sure thing"
in betting circles, which made other horse owners wary
of putting their own horses up against him. In fact, Man
O' War lost just one race during his career, the Sanford
Memorial Stakes, largely due to early practices which
involved the horses circling the starting line. When the
race began, Man O' War had his back turned, but still
managed to place second.
As a sire, he produced over 64 stakes winners and 200
champions - including War Admiral. One of his offspring
also went on to sire Seabiscuit.
When he died in 1947, Man O' War lay in state for
several days in a specially designed casket lined with
his racing colors (SEE BELOW). He
is buried at Kentucky Horse Park where a statue was
erected to mark his grave. Man O' War has also been the
subject of several books, and was inducted into the
National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1957.