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On the morning of March 29, 1917, a brief entry in the daybook at Nursery Stud near Lexington, Kentucky, documented the birth of a colt: “Mahubah foaled chestnut colt by Fair Play. Star, narrow stripe from right of star down center of nose. Height 42, girth 33.”1 A telegram notifying the colt’s breeder, August Belmont II, of his birth was characteristically succinct: “Mahubah foaled fine chestnut colt.”2 Nothing about the routine foaling or unassuming long-legged colt could predict the fame to which he would rise.
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Man o’ War’s birth, this compilation of photographs is paired with commentary from industry players, both past and present, that has immortalized the legend that is Man o’ War.
Man o’ War: In Others’ Words is a commemoration of Man o’ War revealed through select photographs, monographs, and serials from the Keeneland Library collections. From Turf writers to racing officials and biographers, and from his owners and trainer to his riders and grooms, Man o’ War is here remembered through the work of photographers and the words of many.
1. C. W. Anderson (1943). Big Red. New York: Macmillan Company, p. 4
2. Dorothy Ours (2006). Man o’ War: A Legend Like Lightning. New York: St. Martin’s Press, p. 15
Photo Treasures from the Keeneland Library showcases a representative sample of the newly organized and expanding digitized collections of photographs and images from the Keeneland Library Collections. Featured photographers include Charles Christian Cook, Bernard Stanley Morgan, Joel Clyne “Skeets” Meadors, and Robert Lee McClure. Images from the New York Sportsman, the Thoroughbred Times, and Keeneland Library photographic albums are also exhibited.
The highlighted collection items cover a broad variety of image subjects. From historic racehorses to jockeys, and from Thoroughbred owners to rare glimpses of early 20th century race tracks, we are pleased to share our growing digitized photographic treasures. Check back to engage with new additions, as we will continue to add items as they become available.
The Artistry of Peb showcases a representative sample of the artwork of Pierre Bellocq, who signs his work as "Peb." Peb worked for The Morning Telegraph and the Daily Racing Form for over 50 years illustrating jockeys, horses, trainers, and owners, as well as specific races, events, and generalized comic cartoons.
Peb placed his collection of approximately 2,500 original works of art including sketches, drawings, comic strips, cartoons, and caricatures of the equine industry at the Keeneland Library in 2009. The collection includes work in pen and ink, watercolor, chalk, acrylic, and pencil on paper or board stock. Select digitized pieces are highlighted in this virtual exhibit.